Letters, dresses and photographs of 50s fashion icon and movie actress, Marilyn Monroe will be exhibited in Beverly Hills starting August 18.
Auction house Profiles in History announced on Wednesday that the items will be exhibited in Beverly Hills starting August 18, with a follow up auction in late October. The items include a photograph that Marilyn signed to 20th Century Fox executive, Ben Lyon, that reads, “Dear Ben, You found me, named me and believed in me when no one else did. My thanks and love forever. Marilyn”. History has it that the late screen diva was named ‘Marilyn’ by Ben Lyon when she started her Hollywood life.
The photo to be displayed was taken during the filming of The Seven Year Itch, the 1955 movie that provided history’s lasting image of Monroe, standing over a subway gate and holding down her white dress.
The dress made by the original designer, Bill Travilla for Monroe for tours and exhibits, will also be among the items on display for sale, along with her hand-annotated script for the film.
Other items include; Monroe’s personal childhood photographs, five costumes she wore in films, including dresses from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire; as well as large format photographs of Monroe by fashion photographer Milton H. Greene, who was a friend of the actress.