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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    BILL RAY (B. 1936)

    Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to JFK, 1962

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    BILL RAY (B. 1936)
    Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to JFK, 1962
    gelatin silver print, printed later
    signed and dated in ink (in the margin)
    17¾ x 12in. (45 x 30.5cm.)


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    Provenance

    Staley-Wise Gallery, New York;
    acquired 1999.


    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

    This image records the historic and poignant moment when Monroe sang 'Happy Birthday' to President Kennedy during a grand party in Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, celebrating his forty-fifth birthday. Because of her slight tardiness in coming on stage she was introduced, by Peter Lawford, as '...the late Marilyn Monroe'. Just a few months later she was dead.