A New Jersey man buys over 30 pictures of Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn part 3)

Marilyn Monroe The Final Days (Part 4)

Fox News NY reported:

OXNY.COM – A New Jersey man is getting a lot of attention for an item he picked up at a garage sale 30 years ago, but only recently rediscovered. Anton Fury, of Wayne, said he used to hit garage sales all the time in the 1980s. He had no idea when he bought an envelope full of negatives that they would be rare photos of one of the most famous women in Hollywood: Marilyn Monroe.

“I couldn’t tell what they were; I could see they were a girl in a bikini but beyond that I didn’t know, so I bought them,” Fury said. “I took them home and imagine my surprise.”

Fury, a photographer himself, has always been into vintage photography and that is why he bought the negatives at a New Jersey garage sale in 1980 or 1981. He said he believes the photos were taken in the early 1950s before Norma Jeane Baker was Marilyn Monroe.

He bought 33 pictures of Marilyn and 71 of another blonde bombshell, Jayne Mansfield.

“I didn’t know what to do with them so basically I stuck them in a file cabinet,” he said.

But recently Fury’s studio suffered flood damage, so when he was cleaning out his belongings he found the negatives. So he decided to get them appraised.

“I’m not out here trying to make a million dollars — although that would be nice,” he said. “We’re trying to find out what these are.”

He is hoping someone will recognize the location of the photo shoot or the man in the pictures. He is getting a lot of attention for his savvy garage sale shopping.

“I’ve gotten a million calls from all over the world, from media all over the world,” Fury said. “From Australia this morning, Germany, Colombia — it’s crazy.”

For now fury is keeping those negatives in a safe. Once he finds out if he has the legal right to sell them, he plans to put them up for auction.

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'Bosom to All the World'
At the Mocambo
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At the Mocambo

LIFE’s Eyerman also trailed Monroe to a legendary Hollywood nightclub, the Mocambo, for an off-hours singing lesson with musician and bandleader Phil Moore. “She takes preliminary — and colorful — instruction about putting over the song she will sing (‘Embraceable You’), involving much talk of really believing the words about love and romance in order to be ‘convincing’ and ‘sexy’ at the same time,” noted LIFE’s on-the-scene correspondent Carlton McKinney.
Marilyn Monroe The Final Days (Part 5)
At the Mike
Moore urged Monroe to get the most out of every line. “Get it in your head and sing it out. Believe it!” he told her, according to LIFE’s notes.
'Bosom to All the World'
At the Mocambo
At the Mike
Building Her Confidence
Dressing the Part
'Her Own Little Voice'
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‘Her Own Little Voice’

“Another phase of Moore’s coaching: play-back recordings, to test the actual vocal technique. Marilyn seems fairly pleased by her own little voice; Moore is a little more dubious.”
Marilyn Monroe The Final Days (Part 6)
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Comments

  • kukkumol  On June 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    There is a general say that nice things doesn’t stay long, so as nice people. She was so cute a baby with a not so good childhood, because her mom was not well and she was left at the mercy of foster parents. There she had to undergo even sexual abuse. But, she overcome all those adverse situations of life to shoot to fame and became on of all times adorable sex symbols of Hollywood. But, destiny did not allow her to be tortured and exploited for long, she was called back bit early, I would say.

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