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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 68

    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)

    Marilyn Dead, 1962

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    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)
    Marilyn Dead, 1962
    gelatin silver print, printed 1970s
    signed and dated in ink (in the margin); signed in ink and copyright credit stamp (on the verso)
    13¼ x 8¾in. (33.6 x 22.1cm.)

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    G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica, California;
    acquired 1995.

    Pre-Lot Text

    'Marilyn Monroe was a legend.

    In her own lifetime she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain. For the entire world she became a symbol of the eternal feminine.

    Now it is all at an end. I hope that her death will stir sympathy and understanding for a sensitive artist and woman who brought joy and pleasure to the world.

    I cannot say goodbye. Marilyn never liked goodbye, but in the peculiar way she had of turning things around so that they faced reality -- I will say au revoir. For the country to which she has gone, we must all some day visit.' -- Lee Strasberg from 'A Tribute', delivered at Marilyn Monroe's funeral, August 9, 1962


    'Portfolio: Robert Frank: 5 Photographs,' The Second Coming Magazine, vol. 1, no. 6, January 1965, p. 58;
    'Coney Island: Robert Frank,' Camera, vol. 50, no. 3, March 1971, p. 24 (Note: the photograph was not actually made at Coney Island); Frank, The Lines of My Hand, Lustrum Press, 1972, unpaginated.


    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.