Auction Date:2017 Jan 11 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
One-of-a-kind Colonial Trust Company check register tracking the finances of Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., from February 1955 through April 1956, 14 x 9.5, containing approximately 200 pages of check records, all accomplished in an unknown hand. Many of the statements have direct relationships to Monroe’s life and career. The records kept include payments made for her residences at the Hotel Gladstone and Waldorf Astoria; payments to acting coaches Michael Chekhov, Lee Strasberg, and Paula Strasberg; payments to hair stylist Enrico Caruso; a payment to her psychoanalyst Margaret Herz; a purchase of a “White Ermine Coat” from the Maximilian Fur Company; entries for other wardrobe-related expenses including designer John Moore, Fredrica Furs, and a “white dress”; a payment to Inez Melson, who worked for Monroe; and expenses related to “Sleeping Prince,” a play which Monroe bought the rights to and adapted for the screen as The Prince and the Showgirl. The register also tracks some incoming payments, including those from Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. Includes 26 canceled checks corresponding to entries in the book, all signed by Milton H. Greene, as well as ten bills issued to Marilyn Monroe Productions that are logged in the register. In very good to fine condition.
Monroe and Milton Greene first met in September 1953 when the latter was a photographer on assignment for Look magazine, and the two quickly became friends. Spurred by Monroe’s desire to have more control over her career, the pair formed an independent film production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, in 1955. After making Bus Stop in 1956, the Prince and the Showgirl was the company’s second project. However, Monroe’s cordial relationship with Greene soon dissolved and Marilyn Monroe Productions folded after making only two films. A rare, fascinating piece of Monroe memorabilia offering a revealing inside look into this period of her career.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed