Rare early Marilyn Monroe “Norma Jeane” images, first time at auction, offered by Heritage From the family of photographer Richard C. Miller, July 29, at Heritage Auctions in Dallas; among the first professional photographs taken of Marilyn; also featuring images from the set of Some Like i
from quite a distance and was entirely spontaneous,” said Jan. “He loved seeing it blown up in a large print, which couldn't be done from film because her image was too small and far away. It had to wait to be printed digitally to really capture it fully.”
Another one of the photographs that rings particularly poignant is Marilyn Monroe Floating in Pool Limited Edition Digital, #23 of 50, signed by Miller, of an amazingly lovely Norma Jean floating on her back in a pool of water, smiling up at the camera. It is a simple a lovely image evoking the very best of Marilyn. It is also one of the rarest of the grouping.
In 1956, Miller worked on the set of Giant, where he and rising star James Dean bonded over their mutual love of Porsches – a fascination that would ultimately cost Dean his life before the end of that year. During this time, Miller took a number of candid black-and-white shots of Dean and co-star Elizabeth Taylor bonding and relaxing together on the set, capturing intimate images of a budding friendship cut short by Dean’s untimely death.
“It’s a distinct pleasure to offer these rare images, which mark such a key moment in the life of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars,” said Kristen Painter, Manager of Music & Entertainment Memorabilia at Heritage, “as well as the careers of one of America’s greatest photographers.”
EDITORS & REPORTERS: Jan and Margaret Miller, along with Heritage specialists, are available for interview. Please call Noah Fleisher at 214-409-1143, or email to NoahF@HA.com, to set up a time.
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Noah Fleisher, Public Relations Director