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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 129

    CECIL BEATON (1904-1980)

    Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955

    Price Realised  

    CECIL BEATON (1904-1980)
    Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955
    3 gelatin silver prints
    each signed in ink (on the overmat)
    each 9 3/8 x 9½in. (23.7 x 24cm.) (3)


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    Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London.
    acquired 2001.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Miss Marilyn Monroe calls to mind the bouquet of a fireworks display, eliciting from the awed spectators an open-mouthed chorus of 'Ohs' and 'Ahs'. She is as spectacular as the silvery shower of a Vesuvius fountain; she has rocketed from obscurity to become our post-war sex symbol -- the pin-up girl of an age. And whatever Press agency or manufactured illusion may have lit the fuse, it is her own weird genius that has sustained her flight.
    Cecil Beaton


    Literature

    Beaton, The Face of the World, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1957, p.185 (image illustrated above and two variants).


    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.