marilyn-monroe-photo.jpgThe 36-Year-Old Blonde Bombshell Found Nude in Bed

The Sun
Baltimore, MD
August 6, 1962

Here is an event that we have never before handled in newsprint–the death of legendary actress Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood.  Under a fantastic front page photograph of the beautiful star is bold two-column headline: “Marilyn Monroe Dead In Probable Suicide.”  Datelined “Hollywood, Cal., Aug 5 (AP)–the shocking report begins,“Marilyn Monroe, a symbol of the gay, exciting life of Hollywood, died tragically last night. Her body was found nude in bed, a probable suicide. She was 36. The long-troubled star clutched a telephone in one hand, an empty bottle of sleeping pills was nearby. Miss Monroe, fired from her last movie, had been in seclusion for weeks at her rambling Spanish-style bungalow in Brentwood.”

Marilyn Monroe memorabilia has consistently sold for enormous sums of money at public auction. Even polaroid photos she took of her dog brought close to a quarter million dollars in New York some years ago!  And recently, numerous unsigned photos of Marilyn brought many thousands of dollars apiece. An umbrella from a 1949 photo shoot was hammered down for $42,000!  No collection would be complete without an original newspaper reporting her untimely death–I would first read the entire article (continues on an inside page) and then carefully frame this rare issue. First two sections here, 30 pages in all, and fully original. Nice condition, too.