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Set of Oversize 1950s Marilyn Monroe Photos, Signed by Photographer

We sold this item at auction for $4,000
 in June 2020.

This collection of oversize (17″ x 22″) black and white photographic Limited Edition prints of Marilyn Monroe were printed by Hollywood photographer Murray Garrett. Made directly from the original negatives, these later-prints are signed and numbered by Garrett.

A few of the highlights of these photos include:

#1 this candid photo captures Marilyn Monroe at the March 4, 1953 premiere of Ethel Merman’s show, “Call Me Madam” at the Fox Ritz Theatre in New York. Marilyn is beautifully dressed in a belted white satin gown by Travila with satin gloves, accented by a white fox stole.

#2 was photographed on January 1, 1953 as Marilyn arrives for a New Year’s gala at the legendary Coconut Grove in Hollywood. She wears a satin gown, black stole and an iconic necklace of black ovals each mounted in a plain surround on a gold-tone box-link chain. This necklace was featured in the Christie’s estate auction of Marilyn’s personal belongings and sold for $19,500.

#3 and #4 capture Marilyn at Walter Winchell’s birthday party at Ciro’s Nightclub in West Hollywood on May 13, 1953. An accompanying photo shows MM mingling with her “How to Marry a Millionaire” co-star Betty Grable.

#5 gets us out to the ballgame showing a laughing Marilyn grabbing onto the dugout fence at the Out of This World Series charity baseball game, hosted at Los Angeles’ Gilmore Field Stadium on September 15, 1952. The stadium was demolished later that same year to make way for CBS Television City. Marilyn wore a skin-tight pink sleeveless dress at this nighttime celebrity ballgame, and was flanked by admiring male actors turned ball players like Mickey Rooney and Dale Robertson.

#6 is a fantastic “rear view” photo snapped directly behind Marilyn as she winds up to throw out a pitch at the the game.

Murray Garrett worked as a professional photographer specializing in show business, first in New York in the early 1940’s then in Hollywood from 1946 to 1973. He was sent on assignment by the best news magazines, including LIFE, TIME, and LOOK, and also worked privately for many directors, film executives, and stars on personal assignments.

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