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Lot # 1387 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1954 Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Original Wire Photograph

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $580.00

Offered is an extraordinary original wire photo (7 x 9 inches) of Marilyn Monroe taken while filming The Seven Year Itch in 1954. United Press Associates stamp on reverse. The photograph is accompanied by the original United Press caption (detached but present) dated 9/15/54. The caption reads in part, "BOTTOMS UP/New York: If you were on Lexington Avenue near 52nd Street during the wee hours of the got to see more of the famous Monroe body than normally gets photographed. Marilyn is caught with skirts akimbo during shooting..." Ms. Monroe is photographed with costar Tom Ewell, but this exact image was never actually used in the movie. Director Billy Wilder chose to restage the scene in a studio setting. The film was a professional success for Marilyn, but the filming of this scene is credited with playing a significant role in the breakup of her nine-month marriage to Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio was very unhappy with the attention his wife invited by agreeing to appear in such revealing scenes. He did not want Marilyn receiving this kind of attention. The filming of this scene was the last straw for the conservative DiMaggio. This original wire photo captures one of the most famous key moments in the life of the world's most legendary goddess of the silver screen. Excellent condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $580.00

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