Historical Photo Archive - "Marilyn Monroe" Limited Edition 16.5x22 Fine Art Giclee on Paper #33/375 (PA LOA)

Limited Edition #33 / 375

  • Lot number 5440436
  • Total bids 16
  • Winning bid $73.50
  • Buyer's premium $12.50
  • Total $85.99

Beautiful image of Marilyn Monroe from the November 1953 issue of Modern Screen.



This Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee is printed on acid-free museum quality paper with a hand-torn deckled edge measuring 16.5" x 22". It is hand-titled and hand-numbered. All though this image can be used by others the Historical Photo Archive collection will not produce more than 375 pieces. Each piece of art features an embossed seal of quality from Historical Photo Archive collection.

Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. She was a top-billed actress for only a decade, but her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2019) by the time of her death in 1962. More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.

Monroe was born and raised in Los Angeles. She spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at age 16. She was working in a factory as part of the war effort during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career. The work led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late 1950. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock. She faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before she became a star, but the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars; she had leading roles in the film noir Niagara, which focused on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a "dumb blonde". The same year, her nude images were used as the centerfold and on the cover of the first issue of Playboy. She played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, but she was disappointed when she was typecast and underpaid by the studio. She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project but returned to star in The Seven Year Itch (1955), one of the biggest box office successes of her career.

Monroe's troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety. Her marriages to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and to playwright Arthur Miller were highly publicized, and both ended in divorce. On August 4, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Her death was ruled a probable suicide, although several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.

Historical Photo Archive: The archival collection contains historically and socially significant imagery that documents the human experience throughout the centuries up to the present day. The collection features sport and music icons, notable luminary’s as well as landmark moments.

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