Jun 042011

It’s now been 1 week since the story about the Marilyn Mystery Photos broke on CNN. I had hoped to learn something about these photos/negatives, but as of today, I don’t know any more, than I knew then. I have gotten dozens of calls and emails from all over the world… all from press. With all this coverage, I’m amazed that nobody has any information. So, the negatives have gone back into the drawer – actually a safety deposit box – where they’ll stay for perhaps another 30 years.

Also, I am no longer associated with David W. Streets in any way, so any and all contact with regard to these negatives should come directly to me.

May 272011
Marilyn Monroe Mystery Photo
Marilyn Monroe Mystery Photo

The Marilyn Monroe Mystery Photos break on CNN Saturday May 28. My interview with Alan Duke of CNN and David W. Streets, Fine Art Advisor and Appraisor of Beverly Hills, will air at about 10:20 ET on CNN and on CNN.com tomorrow afternoon.

I contacted David last week to try to get some idea of what I could do with these photos. He has a lot of  experience with this type of situation. After all, Hollywood is the place to be when dealing with all things Marilyn.

Marilyn would have turned 85 next Wednesday and the 50th anniversaryof her death is next spring, so now seems like the perfect time to give this gift of new photos to the world. I’ll keep you posted on any updates.
May 262011

Marilyn Monroe Mystery Photo

Marilyn Monroe Mystery Photo

Over 30 years ago I was collecting toys. Every weekend I’d scout out local garage sales hoping to find some long forgotten treasures. I’d come across the ocassional G.I Joe and tons of Star Wars figures. At that time I was just beginning to take pictures.

On one particular day I came across an envelope filled with some old 2.25 X 2.25 photo negatives. I couldn’t tell exactly what they were, but they appeared old and they were obviously of a girl in a bikini. I had a dark room set up at home, so I figured “What the heck?” . I bought them as part of a group, so I didn’t pay more than a couple dollars for them. Anyway I went, on to the next sale.

When I got home, I placed them on a light board and looked through a loupe. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was freakin’ Marilyn Monroe!

I had no idea what to do with them, so for the past 30 years they have been in a drawer. Recently, because of all the Pawn Shop reality shows, I remembered them and dug them out. I had a couple printed in 11X14 size and they are pristine… as clear as if they were shot yesterday.

I have tried to do some research to figure out who, what, where, why and when, but have come up virtually empty… not even finding any of the images anywhere on the Internet.  So, at this point, I’m trying to see if anyone recognizes these shots and can provide me with any information.