Rare and unpublished photographs of Marilyn Monroe go on display in Warsaw fifty years after her death
10:09 GMT, 7 August 2012
Fifty years after her death, rare, unpublished photographs of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe have been put on display at a gallery in Warsaw.
Marilyn Monroe is still a style icon, even half a century after her untimely death
The collection of 3,780 photographs by Milton H. Greene, which had been
stored for over a decade, was transferred to the Polish government in
1995 as part of a settlement in an embezzlement case involving a US
The exhibition titled 'Marilyn Monroe's
Hollywood' shows only 60 photographs, taking up a few rooms of the
Association's gallery in Warsaw's old town, and will be on display until
the whole collection is sold at an open auction.
'This exhibition is the result of amazing different coincidences. Sometimes they were difficult, but they led Marilyn Monroe to Poland, so for us it's a happy end.
'We are happy that we will be able to show the pictures to the public before they are sold,' said Jolanta Rycerska, head of the Warsaw chapter of the Association of Polish Artists and Photographers.
'The exhibition will take a month and one day, but when it comes to sales, it's hard to tell. There is very high interest, and we already know that collectors from around the world are interested.
'So life will tell how soon the collection will be sold. But being so unique and with all the attention that it attracts, it probably won't stay too long,' Rycerska added.
The photographs include Monroe's portraits, some made at film locations and others in private situations at the actress' home.
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The display shows us shots of Marilyn that we know and love and also some never before seen photos
The pictures capture Marilyn in her happiest times and some of the photos are extremely rare shots
The display in Warsaw captures Marilyn in some of her finest moment in rare shots
The collection also includes photographs of other Hollywood stars such Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn.
The collection, valued in 2006 to be worth an estimated $ 680.000, had been administered jointly by the Polish government and the photographer's son, Joshua Greene, until 2001.
Marylin Monroe died from an apparent drug overdose at her Brentwood home on August 05, 1962.
The 36-year-old actress would have turned 86 this June.