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Elois Jenssen costume sketch for Lucille Ball as 'Lucy Ricardo' as 'Marilyn Monroe' from I Love Lucy

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Elois Jenssen costume sketch for Lucille Ball as 'Lucy Ricardo' as 'Marilyn Monroe' from I Love Lucy
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699. Elois Jenssen costume sketch for Lucille Ball as "Lucy Ricardo" as "Marilyn Monroe" from I Love Lucy. (Desilu, 1951 - 1957) Vintage original costume sketch accomplished in pencil, gouache and ink on 10 x 15 in. artist's vellum. Elois Jenssen was Lucille Ball's designer of choice, who is credited with creating the "Lucy Look". This dress design was created for the I Love Lucy Episode: "Ricky's Movie Offer", which aired on Nov. 8th, 1954. In the episode, "Lucy" transforms herself into Marilyn Monroe to try to win a role in Ricky's (Desi Arnaz) new Hollywood film. This costume was then repurposed into a showgirl costume for subsequent episodes: "Ethel's Home Town (Jan. 31, 1955) and "Lucy Meets the Queen" (Jan. 30, 1956). Signed boldly in the lower right of art, "Elois Jenssen" and initialed "L.B." (Lucille Ball). The sketch has also been initialed by show producer Jess Oppenheimer and legendary director of photography Karl Freund. The sketch exhibits minor age and handling and remains in vintage fine condition. Presented in a frame and mat with windows featuring images of Lucy wearing the costume on set and the original Profiles description. Provenance: Profiles in History Auction 17, Lot. 460, 2003. $4,000 - $6,000