Live Online Auction of Marilyn Monroe Pictures

 Live Online Auction of Marilyn Monroe PicturesArtfact, the world’s largest live online auction marketplace, announced that it will hold a live online auction of one of the world’s largest collections of unpublished pictures of Marilyn Monroe. It will be selling the photographs from the collection of celebrity fashion photographer Milton H. Greene.

While claims that it “has become the Web’s leading auction-related site”, which is contrary to the truth as ArtFact is the leader, LiveAuctioneers has been unable to get a major celebrity-related auction since the boondoggle they created with the Michael Jackson auction. It ended up in lawsuits and disgrace for Live Auctioneers.

The Marilyn Monroe photography live auction begins on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) and is offered by the auction house Profiles in History. The collection includes 82 lots of Marilyn Monroe photography with some never before seen by the public until now. The 3,700 camera negatives comprising the Marilyn Monroe portion of the Greene archive represent the largest sequence from the actress’s mature working life ever offered for public sale. In addition, the images in this exclusive collection are being sold with copyrights, enabling a potential buyer to print images from the negatives and transparencies, sell them and license them. It becomes a unique opportunity for collectors and business related buyers.

“Artfact is proud to bring this fabulous and extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe photography to the public. As one of our greatest cultural icons and celebrities, we’re thrilled to showcase this exclusive line-up featuring Marilyn Monroe,” said Artfact CEO Rob Weisberg.

The collection of Marilyn Monroe color and black-and-white photos ranges from the formal, to the fashionable, and even to the provocative. It includes transparencies and negatives from some of her most well-known sessions with Greene, including their first day together (the “Balalaika” sitting), the “Ballerina” sitting, the “Nude” sitting and images related to her work in such films as “Bus Stop” and “The Prince and the Showgirl”.

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an actress, model and singer, who became a major celebrity and starred in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. Monroe and Greene began working together in 1953 and shot more than 50 sittings over the course of four years. Greene experienced considerable success in a career that spanned more than four decades, and was well known for his work featured in such publications as Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

This exclusive auction also includes a number of other significant items from Greene’s portfolio, including negatives and transparencies from well-known sessions with Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen and Audrey Hepburn. Online bidding is now available on and will remain open leading up to the sale on Saturday, July 27 AT 11:00 AM.

Live Auctioneers Problems

Someone went to an online auction and purchased an oil on canvas painting. Well there was a problem. When the painting arrived it was damaged with 2 little holes. He checked the original pictures posted by the auctioneer and if you look really close, the holes where there. They actually look like part of the art as opposed to holes. The problem was that the auction house failed to disclose the holes and said the painting was in good condition.

Problems - Holes in PaintingHe emailed the auctioneer about the problem and included closeup pictures of the holes. The reply from the auction house was swift, “You should have asked.” It continued, “LEGITIMATE auction houses provide inspections, which you should have requested prior to bidding.” The lesson learned, always ask for an inspection prior to bidding. While the auctioneers sometimes describe the problems with what they’re selling, they sometimes don’t yet they claim to be legitimate.

I checked the laws in states where auctioneers are licensed. They have a responsibility to disclose all they know about the item they’re selling. I guess it’s easy for a “legitimate” auctioneer to lie and say they didn’t know.