Archive for February, 2009


February 28, 2009

The 31st International Artexpo New York returns to the Jacob Javits Center. Art lovers on a budget can check out beautiful prints and originals all weekend and Monday. This year, the Expo includes the unveiling of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs, and an appearance by actress and painter Jane Seymore, who is on hand to show her “Open Hearts” collection. Saturday, 10 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m.–6:00 p.m.; $5-$15. For more information, go to:



February 25, 2009

Marilyn as Lillian Russell by Richard Avedon

Marilyn as Lillian Russell by Richard Avedon. Owned by

In 1958 Marilyn Monroe posed for photographer Richard Avedon as five of the original sex symbols of the silver screen: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Russell and Theda Bara.

A few days ago I found a listing online from a man who was selling 3 out of 5 of those prints. I inquired about their condition and for photos. After receiving the images I noticed that not only were they in excellent condition but were also framed. The man was selling them for $20 each so of course, I jumped at the offer! He also mentioned he had a fourth picture and that he’d throw it in for free!

The original owner of the prints was a Marilyn collector who recently passed away and his things were shipped from Los Angeles to the seller (who lives in my home town) and he didn’t have the room to keep everything. I let the seller know that I am also a Marilyn fan and would be taking great care of the pictures.

I picked up the pictures the next night and they are gorgeous (and first editions). Each frame is color-matched to each photo and are larger than I expected. The best part of it all is that all 4 prints are autographed by Richard Avedon himself! I’m the happy owner of 4 autographed Richard Avedon Marilyn Monroe pictures 🙂 I never thought I’d say that!


February 22, 2009

The Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction continued Saturday and featured the personal limousine given to Marilyn Monroe by Twentieth Century Fox Studios.

More than 550 exotic cars valued at over $15 million will be showcased over the weekend, in the parking lot of the Spa Resort Casino, 400 E. Amado Road.

“People hunt our company down to sell these unusual one-of-a kind vehicles,” said the event’s organizer, Keith McCormick. “They can go from $100,000 to as much as $600,000.”

The event began Friday with the auction of 80 vehicles and ends today.

The gates open today at 8 a.m. and the first car will cross the auction block at 10 a.m.


February 17, 2009

In May 2008 I gave my opinion in the old news section of about a seller on ebay that goes by the name starspast who seems to have an endless amount of  “personally worn and owned authentic” memorabilia from Hollywood icons. This person has been selling these items for a very long time, always claiming that all items have been personally worn and owned by celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn , Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and the list goes on.

Melinda from has just posted this great blog all about starspast’s supposed “authentic memorabilia”. Check it out!


February 16, 2009

Click here to check out the many Marilyn exhibitions happening in your area!


February 16, 2009

Arne Sahlen of Kimberley, British Columbia , wrote to the Calgary Herald in response to the Glenbow Museum’s Marilyn: Life As A Legend exhibit stating that the exhibit itself was lacking true respect to Marilyn as a legend.

Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend
should be a high-class dinner, not just frothy desserts. Lacking insightful commentary, the costumes, glossy photos and contrived artworks continue the crass manipulation that haunted her life and death. She deserves better.

Monroe “played the best game with the worst hand of anyone I know,” said author Edward Wagenknecht. Nine foster homes, an orphanage and 11 schools framed her childhood. Her beauty brought fame; then, committed to growing artistically, she faced sarcastic resistance. Her more erratic acts reflected early agonies, the terror of expectations, and pound-of-flesh grasping by self-serving hordes.

Skilled at sketching and poetry, Monroe loved highbrow literature and music. Generous to friends and charities, she championed high ideals, even at risk to her career. She stood for peace and against nuclear weapons. Anti-racist, she aided jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Defying the studio system, she weakened its meat-market control of stars. Gloria Steinem praises her for raising women’s status in business. This lightweight exhibit leaned toward her fluffier, sexier quotes. But she remarked of Hollywood, “they’ll give you $1,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul” and “Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.” Monroe is indeed an icon–of human issues widely shared. There’s much more to her than Life as a Legend.

Arne Sahlen,
Kimberley, B.C.


February 15, 2009

A revealing new documentary about Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: The Last Sessions, revisits her final psychoanalysis sessions with the late Freudian therapist Ralph Greenson, in the months leading up to Monroe’s untimely death in 1962. Worth a look for its archival footage of Monroe with luminaries like Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, George Cukor and John Huston. On CBC Newsworld, 7 and 10pm.


February 13, 2009

New videos are uploaded on my YouTube Channel. Enjoy!


February 13, 2009

There are only 10 days left to see what will certainly be one of the Glenbow Museum’s most popular exhibits, “Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend”. The show, covering her life from her humble beginnings as Norma Jeane to the bombshell sex icon of Marilyn Monroe, contains many well-known paintings, dresses and photographs. In conjunction with the exhibit, an award-winning one-woman play, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, is showing at the ConocoPhililips Theatre (in the Glenbow), Thursdays to Saturdays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. Tickets are about $30 and include admission to the exhibit.


February 12, 2009