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    Sale 5435

    Photographs

    26 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 30

    FRANK POWOLNY (1902-1986)

    Marilyn Monroe, 1953

    Price Realised  

    FRANK POWOLNY (1902-1986)
    Marilyn Monroe, 1953
    gelatin silver print
    numbered 'F-999-5-364' in negative; credited in unknown hand in ink on verso
    8¼ x 7¾in. (20.8 x 19.6cm.)


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    Powolny was head photographer at 20th Century Fox for over 40 years. During his tenure as a portrait and set photographer, he shot dozens of famous faces, including Shirley Temple, Betty Grable, Humphrey Bogart and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. A publicity portrait for Monroe's 1953 thriller Niagra, this image was famously appropriated by Andy Warhol for his 1960s silkscreens. Original prints of this image are extremely rare.

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Acquired from a photographica fair, New York, 1980s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE JAMES DANZIGER COLLECTION


    Literature

    Andy Warhol Photography, Edition Stemmle, 1999, p.54, variant with Warhol's crop marks.