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More Than 3,700 Unpublished Images of Marilyn Monroe Up for Auction

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2013 at 2:30PM

Profiles in History has announced the auction of more than 3,700 unpublished Marilyn Monroe images, as part of a larger collection of camera negatives and transparencies from the Milton H. Greene estate. Photographer Greene first encountered Monroe on an assignment for Look Magazine in 1953; the star was so overjoyed by the photos he took of her, that “she responded with two dozen roses and called to say they were the most beautiful pictures she had ever seen.”
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene

Profiles in History has announced the auction of more than 3,700 unpublished Marilyn Monroe images, as part of a larger collection of camera negatives and transparencies from the Milton H. Greene estate. Photographer Greene first encountered Monroe on an assignment for Look Magazine in 1953; the star was so overjoyed by the photos he took of her, that “she responded with two dozen roses and called to say they were the most beautiful pictures she had ever seen.”

The two quickly became close friends. Monroe even lived with Greene and his family in their Connecticut farmhouse prior to her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. Over four years of collaboration, Greene snapped Monroe in 52 different photographic sessions; the 3,700 images up for auction come from this period.

Other high-profile celebrity images included in the larger collection include Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. All images go up for auction on July 27.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.