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    Sale 2252

    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 66

    TOM KELLEY (B. 1914)

    Marilyn Monroe, 1949

    Price Realised  

    TOM KELLEY (B. 1914)
    Marilyn Monroe, 1949
    dye-bleach print, printed later
    initialed and numbered '195/300' in ink (on the recto)
    36¾ x 29½in. (93.3 x 74.9cm.)


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    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, Playboy at 50, December 17, 2003, lot 2.


    Pre-Lot Text

    I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it. -- Marilyn Monroe (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953)


    Literature

    Edgren, The Playboy Book: Forty Years, Stoddart, 1998, p. 17;
    Playboy: 50 Years - The Photographs, Chronicle Books, 2003.


    Exhibited

    Marilyn Monroe: Photographs from the Collection of Michaela and Leon Constantiner, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, May 13 - September 25, 2004;
    I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, November 12, 2004 - April 3, 2005, Toledo Museum of Art and Bass Museum of Art.


    Post Lot Text

    While preparing the launch issue of his magazine Playboy, Hugh Hefner purchased from the John Baumgarten Calendar Company a previously unpublished nude colour shot of the young Marilyn Monroe. She became the magazine's first 'Sweetheart of the Month' and the picture became an instant icon.