“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.” _ Marilyn Monroe
That sentiment bore fruit on a November night in Old Hollywood 58 years in the past when Canadian photographer Douglas Kirkland captured Monroe in all her lusty glory, moments that outlined an period of the bombshell 9 months earlier than her final breath.
Enveloped in crisp white sheets, the actress exudes her quintessential mingling of youthful exuberance and unbridled sexuality in Marilyn (Overhead) and Marilyn (Hugging Pillow). The two 40-inch-by-60-inch limited-edition archival prints, together with the 1959 Hasselblad 500C digital camera (no. 36980) used to shoot them, in addition to two journal backs, and two Carl Zeiss lenses, comprise a seven-piece lot anticipated to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 in The Exceptional Sale on October 29 at Christie’s New York.
Kirkland was 27 when Look Magazine commissioned him to shoot a “sizzling” unfold of Monroe for its 25th anniversary challenge. The pivotal task got here 18 months into his profession, a night he described as intimate, sexually charged, and “extraordinary.” The session playfully described as In mattress with Marilyn was Kirkland’s career-changing alternative when he “made magic” with the inimitable starlet who took Hollywood by storm in field workplace hits like Some Like It Hot, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop, The Seven Year Itch and The Misfits, however drowned in her private life with a string of tumultuous high-profile relationships and failed marriages to baseball middle fielder Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller.
A top-billed actress for less than a decade, Monroe’s movies grossed $200 million, which quantities to about $2 billion in at present’s cash. The distress buried in her seductive gaze is greatest uncovered in her personal phrases: “I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”
Born in Toronto, Kirkland moved to New York in his early twenties to function an assistant to Irving Penn, who captured well-known figures together with Alfred Hitchcock, Picasso, Truman Capote, Marlene Dietrich, and the Duchess of Windsor, subverting the custom of portrait pictures by posing his topics in corners, seating them on scruffy carpets, or photographing them in opposition to a white wall with none props. Penn revealed his approach for making a related portrait was photographing topics over a number of hours, till they let down their guard.
Soon after studying from Penn, Kirkland landed a workers job at Look Magazine, after which labored for Life Magazine in the course of the golden age of 1960s and 1970s photojournalism. His portfolio contains essays on Greece, Lebanon, and Japan, in addition to style and superstar work, photographing different display legends comparable to Elizabeth Taylor, Dietrich, Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Catherine Deneuve, in addition to Diana Ross, Billy Idol, Coco Chanel, and Andy Warhol. He shortly grew to become one of many world’s most sought-after, award-winning fantastic artwork photographers.
Kirkland has labored on the units of greater than 100 movement footage, together with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Sound of Music, Out of Africa, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Australia, and The Great Gatsby.
He has printed a number of photograph books comparable to Light Years, Icons, Legends, Body Stories, An Evening With Marilyn, James Cameron’s Titanic, Freeze Frame, Coco Chanel, Three Weeks, Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller, and his most up-to-date monograph A Life in Pictures.
Kirkland’s fantastic arts pictures has been exhibited all around the world. His Freeze Frame exhibition, that includes 150 images of stars shot on-set over a interval of greater than 50 years, is within the everlasting assortment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. His work might be discovered within the everlasting collections of the Smithsonian, the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Houston Center for Photography, The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and the George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest museum devoted to pictures and one of many world’s oldest movie archives, positioned in Rochester, New York.
Kirkland’s profession has spanned all continents besides Antarctica, and a various array of material from astronomy in Chile, to the Trans-Siberian Railway, to style in Bali. When not touring the globe on task, he lives and works within the Hollywood Hills together with his spouse and enterprise accomplice Françoise.
In mattress with Marilyn is a spotlight of Christie’s Classic Week gross sales between October 18 and 24 in New York. Besides The Exceptional Sale, Christie’s will provide European artwork, Old Masters portray, sculpture, antiquities, and books and manuscripts auctions.
“We are thrilled to be offering buyers the chance to own a piece of that magical Hollywood moment when Marilyn owned the silver screen,” mentioned Becky MacGuire, sale director of The Exceptional Sale. “No one connected with the tragic star better than the young photojournalist Douglas Kirkland, who became the photographer of choice for film stars and top movie producers well into the 21st century.”
Classic Week prime tons embrace: Miles Davis’ “Moon And Stars” trumpet (estimated to promote for $70,000 to $100,000); John William Waterhouse’s The Soul of the Rose (1908) ($three million to $5 million); and Titian And Studio’s The Agony In The Garden Of Gethsemane (circa 1560) ($1.5 million to $2 million).