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!