DescriptionMarilyn Monroe Unpublished Photos, One Signed by Her (1956). This remarkable set of six b&w Kodak snapshots features never-before-seen images of Monroe on location for Bus Stop (one of them autographed by her) with a wonderful story behind them.
In 1956, the production was filming exteriors at a Greyhound station in downtown Phoenix. After dinner one night, Thomas Glenn, a 13-year-old fan who lived nearby grabbed his Brownie camera and ventured to the location, where he was able to shoot a number of shots of the actress, co-star Don Murray, and assorted cast and crew members and their equipment.
After the prints were developed, the boy ventured to the Sahara Hotel where Monroe was staying and was able to knock on her door and request an autograph through her assistant. Monroe inscribed "To Tommy, Love and Kisses, Marilyn Monroe" in blue ink on the reverse of a shot of her in her sequined costume with co-star Murray, and requested a print of the photo. Glenn returned a few days later with a copy, but Monroe had left by then.
The duplicate print meant for Marilyn is included with the signed photo and four other snaps; two additional images feature Monroe (one from a distance during filming), one features assorted crew, and the other is a shot of filming equipment. These candid photographs of Marilyn are as unaffected as one can possibly imagine -- no posing for the camera, whatsoever -- while her beauty radiates throughout.
The photos were saved by Glenn, a doctor who still lives in Phoenix, and carefully stored for past 55 years. No other prints were made, making these unpublished images all the more rare and unique. They are in Very Fine to Excellent condition, with just a little curling but no wear or discoloration, and are offered with the copyright to the images. Monroe's autograph is large, bold and clear, and one of the best examples of her handwriting we have ever had the privilege to offer. Accompanied by a James Spence Authentication auction LOA.
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