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1952 Marilyn Monroe Signed Contract
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Signed by Marilyn Monroe just one year prior to her becoming America's greatest sex symbol, this two-page legal agreement allows for her name and likeness to be used in advertisements for "Jantzen Play Suits, Play Clothes and Swim Suits." The contract, dated January 16, 1952 and typed on Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation letterhead, contains numerous stipulations regarding the use of her name and likeness, including the fact that anytime either is used, the following credit must appear: "Marilyn Monroe/a 20th Century-Fox Star in/'Don't Bother To Knock'/a 20th Century-Fox Production/also co-starring in/'Clash By Night'/a Wald Krasna RKO Production." Monroe has signed the agreement "Marilyn Monroe" in blue ink (grading "6-7") on the second page. The agreement is also signed by a studio executive. Marilyn Monroe was in her second year of a seven year contract with the Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation at the time this document was signed. While not yet a household name, she had made a favorable impression with critics in 1950 for her small roles in both The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. In 1953 she took Hollywood by storm with her starring role in Gentleman Prefer Blondes while at the same time laying claim to the title of America's top sex symbol. Unfortunately, her tragic suicide in 1962 brought a premature close to one of the most legendary careers in show business history. This is an extraordinary early Marilyn Monroe contract dating from just before her meteoric rise to fame. The agreement (8 x 10 inches) displays two horizontal fold lines and staple holes in the upper left. The second page has been irregularly matted along the left border, with the matting most likely concealing some minor condition flaw (i.e., a stain or tear). That fact aside, the visible portions of the document grade Ex-Mt in appearance and display exceptionally well. Both pages have been beautifully matted and framed together with a color glamor shot of Monroe to total dimensions of 31 x 15.5 inches. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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