An original 1953 image of Marilyn Monroe, taken by Frank Powolny, sold last November for $11,505. Estimate: $7,555-$10,577. Listed at Christie’s London, this numbered gelatin silver print was from the collection of James Danziger, and was acquired from a New York photographica fair in the 1980s.
Powolny was head photographer at 20th Century Fox for over 40 years. During his tenure as a portrait and set photographer, he shot dozens of famous faces, including Shirley Temple, Betty Grable, Humphrey Bogart and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Original prints of this image are extremely rare.