(Auction #113) Dec 5-6, 2015 CELEBRITY SLEUTH
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Group of 14 different ink blotters, almost all depictions of Marilyn Monroe as executed by famous artist Earl Moran. The future screen goddess posed for these during several sessions in L.A. with Moran, beginning March 8, 1946 (when she signed the model release 'Norma Jeane Dougherty') and concluding Nov 16, 1948, for which she signed 'Marilyn Monroe' (Sleuth has seen both releases), having inked a contract with 20th Century Fox studio Aug 24, 1946, and renamed by boss Ben Lyon and his actress wife Bebe Daniels. To honor their inspired choice, we've included a vintage photo from that same time dual signed in blue fountain pen by Ben and Bebe! The name change didn't bring an increase in modeling fees: the starlet was paid $10 by Moran for each session - which produced thousands of blotters, calendars, matchbook covers and note pads! And, of particular note, even though it would have been impossible to show a nude drawing on these advertising items (essentially business cards of the day), Norma Jeane/Marilyn had no qualms about posing NUDE for the artist (including one infamous frontal 'oops' that never saw the light of day). Rare to find so many together, lot includes sizes 2¾"x3" (x3), 6¼"x3¼" (x4) and 9"x3¾" (x7) blotters. Colorful and attractive, with all but one unused, mounted on hard board with several shrink-wrapped. Some with modest surface soiling. Great cultural collectibles from Marilyn's earliest days (more than 3 years before she posed for the iconic calendar).
MARILYN MONROE 1940s-50s EARL MORAN ADVERTISING INK BLOTTERS
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