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1954 Marilyn Monroe Signed Photo From Korea
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $8,625.00
Elaborately signed 9.5 x 7.5 inch photograph from Marilyn Monroe's USO tour of Korea in 1954. The photo is a professional publicity still of the jazz band from the tour and is signed on the verso, "To Gordon/I use to like Jazz/before you./thanks for making our show/soooo wonderful./Love & Kisses/Marilyn Monroe/Korea Feb. '54" ("10"), in black ink. Actress Jean O'Doul, wife of baseball great Lefty O'Doul (both of whom were on this trip), has also inscribed and signed the reverse, also to Gordon, who was a member of the band. During her heyday Monroe was without question the most popular entertainer on any USO tour and always a tremendous boost to morale (as confirmed by a second, accompanying unsigned 5 x 7 inch photo) showing the Blonde Bombshell surrounded by smiling GIs). At the time of this tour, less than a month had passed since her January wedding to Joe DiMaggio, but she still insisted on honoring her commitment to visit the troops. The front of the autographed still is marked by pen at the lower center and has four small pieces of tape (very likely removable if desired), one in each corner. The signed photograph is otherwise in Excellent condition. The signed reverse is clear of all imperfections. The inscription and signature of Monroe is large, bold, and simply spectacular. A gorgeous signed piece, dating from a very specific time and place in history, and signed at the peak of her fame, during her very brief marriage to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. As noted above, the signed photograph is accompanied by a second (unsigned) USO tour of Korea photograph (5 x 7 inches). Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $8,625.00
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