Archive for the ‘Memorabilia’ Category


September 6, 2009
Marilyn Monroe by Andre de Dienes

My prize: Authentic print of Marilyn Monroe in 1949 by Andre de Dienes

Back in June, I joined, which is an online Marilyn Monroe community similar to Facebook. Together with One West Publishing and Marilyn Remembered Fan Club, ThisIsMarilyn held a contest giving away $100,000 worth of vintage Marilyn Monroe prints!  All you had to do was become an active member and upload photos, videos, write blogs and interact with other fans. The more active you were, the more points you would receive. The contest lasted from June 1st (the launch of the website and Marilyn’s birthday) and ended on August 4th (Marilyn’s death anniversary).

I came in 13th place and received a 16×20 inch silver gelatin print of Marilyn Monroe photographed by Andre de Dienes in 1949! It’s a gorgeous print and I can’t wait to have it framed for my new home. I would like to thank Alex Brunning of ThisIsMarilyn, Mr. Chuck Murphy of One West Publishing and Mrs. de Dienes for such an amazing prize!


June 15, 2009

Marilyn Monroe’s contract with actor John Carroll in 1947 for sold $3,660. Her rare black and white photograph by Andre de Dienes, which was estimated to sell for only $400 to $600, sold for $3,355. Other set of her black and white pictures in Korea in 1954 sold for $2,196.

Also up for auction was Marilyn posed as Clara Bow in a photo by Richard Avedon (also autographed by the photographer) estimated at $500-$700. The item sold for only $153 (economy?).


April 29, 2009


As a highlight of its summer exhibitions schedule, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is pleased to present Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946–2004, on view from July 11 through November 29, 2009.

Widely celebrated as one of America’s preeminent photographers, Avedon was among the first to challenge the conventional boundaries between studio photography and reportage. Some of his best-known portraits—a young Bob Dylan standing in the rain, Marilyn Monroe caught in a vulnerable moment, Nastassja Kinski wearing nothing but a boa constrictor—are the most iconic of the 20th century.

Whether photographing politicians, artists, models, or Hollywood stars, Avedon revolutionized the genre of portraiture. His daring style rejected conventional poses and instead captured both motion and emotion in the faces of his subjects, often encapsulating their intrigue in a single honest moment.

SFMOMA is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which is the first major retrospective of the Avedon’s work since his death in 2004. A selection of more than 200 photographs spanning the artist’s entire career are presented roughly chronologically, highlighting major themes and benchmarks of Avedon’s output: his early, post–World War II street scenes; his breakthrough Paris fashion work in the 1950s; his far-reaching survey of American counterculture in the 1960s and ’70s; his Reagan-era series, which focused on ordinary people living in the western United States; and his portraits of the nation’s most influential people.

The exhibition was organized by Helle Crenzien for The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, in cooperation with The Richard Avedon Foundation. Its San Francisco presentation is overseen by SFMOMA Senior Curator of Photography Sandra S. Phillips and is made possible by generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and Credit Suisse.


April 29, 2009


Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) is one of the most influential and prolific image makers of all time. He created some of the most iconic images of stars such as Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn – never failing to capture their natural elegance and beauty. Throughout the 1920s his photography was featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair, providing an accurate and unique representation of the enchanting era.

From the 22nd April, an exhibition of Beaton’s photographs will be on display at the Chris Beetles Gallery in Central London in collaboration with premier auction house, Sotheby’s. The collection will feature original vintage prints, as well as modern prints produced form initial negatives drawn from the extensive archive at Sotheby’s. Each of the beautiful modern prints will be available in an edition of 50, all adorning the archive’s official stamp. There will also be a fully illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition, available for £10 from the Chris Beetles Gallery.

Click here for more info.


April 19, 2009


Julien’s 2009 Summer Entertainment Sale includes over 700 unique items from legendary Hollywood celebrities and productions – including approximately 150 items from the personal and professional life of Marilyn Monroe and items from the collection of Elvis’ personal physician Dr. George Nichopoulos. Also offered for sale are a collection of never before auctioned wardrobe books and test photographs from early MGM productions and items from the estate of Ann Miller.

Click here for more info.


April 10, 2009

I received the following e-mail regarding an Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe exhibition in honor of Audrey’s 80th birthday, featuring photos by Sam Shaw.


 Proud Central is delighted to present Audrey and Marilyn – Photographs by Sam Shaw. In celebration of Audrey Hepburn’s 80th birthday Proud presents the Sam Shaw Collection, a definitive look at the 20th Century’s foremost female icons – Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.  Showing internationally accredited photographs such as the infamous Marilyn over the Subway grate shot, alongside never before seen shots of Marilyn’s extraordinary life. This exhibition will celebrate Hollywood’s leading ladies in a way rarely seen.

This exhibition has been specially put together for Proud Galleries by the Sam Shaw Archive and will be his first UK show to feature both actresses. This exhibition will not be able to be viewed anywhere else after its time at Proud Central, making it the most important collection of it’s time.

We believe that this exhibition needs to reach the true fans of Marilyn Monroe, those who have loved and idolized her life so passionately over the years. For this reason, we are delighted to invite you along to the exhibition that will be showing between 30th April and 26th July. The address is 32 John Adam Street, London. Admission is free.

We would love to work with you on featuring Audrey and Marilyn – Photographs by Sam Shaw on your website, as a means of allowing as many Marilyn Monroe fans as possible to appreciate and experience this exhibition.  It is an absolute must see.

For all further enquiries please contact


April 6, 2009

I finally received my Blonde Ambition Barbie as Marilyn Monroe doll last week! I pre-ordered it in August as her release date was in March 2009. Although I’m not too happy that Mattel used the Model Muse body, I have to say that the doll is much better than the prototype. A beautiful doll for anyones Marilyn collection!

Click here to order yours! Tell them sent you 🙂


March 25, 2009

I was at H&M yesterday and ran into Marilyn Monroe. Twice.

I found a pink t-shirt with Marilyn’s face on it and grabbed it right away. I was iffy on puchasing it because the only reason I was buying it was cuz of Marilyn, otherwise I wouldn’t wear the shirt. It just looked like a typical Marilyn shirt you’d find at one of those collectible stores. Then I saw a long black tank top with a low back with the same Marilyn photo on the front. Now THIS I could work with! The only thing that annoyed me was that the picture was “mirrored”/backwards (her mole is on the wrong side).

I grabbed myself a black tank and put the pink shirt back where I had found it. Both were only $19.99, but I’d only wear the tank top. A girl 5’3” and under could actually use it as a dress. Check it out below!

MM tank from H&M. Wear a white tank underneath, throw some long, layered necklaces, stack on a bunch of different bracelets, some dark skinny jeans and hot heels!

MM tank from H&M. Wear it with a 'wifebeater' tank underneath (white is fine, but colored is better), throw on some long, layered necklaces, stack on a bunch of different bracelets, pair with dark skinny jeans and hot heels!


March 6, 2009

The month is finally here! March! I pre-ordered my Blonde Ambition Marilyn Monroe Barbie back in the late summer and have been patiently waiting for it’s March 2009 release. Haven’t ordered yours yet? Click here! 

Marilyn Monroe Blonde Ambition Barbie 2009

Marilyn Monroe Blonde Ambition Barbie 2009


March 6, 2009

Back in January, the Metropolis Hollywood Museum was flooded as a frozen pipe burst causing damage to the building, including a room dedicated to Marilyn Monroe. Click here to read about the reopening.