Fifty years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is still turning heads.
A set of intimate, never-seen-before photographs of Marilyn Monroe are for sale after they were unearthed from her late makeup artist’s home.
The impromptu shots show the 27-year-old unstaged and at ease, casually posing for the man behind the lens, Allan (Whitey) Synder.
“A lot of people say they knew Marilyn, but Whitey really knew Marilyn,” said Darien Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, which is selling the photographs.
“These images were never meant to be released to the public,” Julien told the Daily News. “He had personal access to her like no one else. They would spend holidays together when she wasn’t dating anyone.”
Synder, who did Monroe’s makeup for 16 years, took the photographs in 1953 on the set of “Niagara,” one of the actress’ first leading roles.
The photographs remained in Snyder’s family after his death in 1994. Julien explained that his family decided to sell them after Snyder’s wife also recently passed away.
In addition to working as Monroe’s personal and professional makeup artist for almost her entire career, Julien says Synder was a beloved “confidante” to the actress.
He did her makeup at her funeral in 1962, where he was also a pallbearer.
The pair’s close relationship is evident in the photographs, Julien says.
“They were taken by someone who was extremely comfortable with her, and you can tell by the poses and the expressions on her face,” he said.
Julien estimates that the collection of photographs will fetch between $40,000 and $100,000.
To bid, visit julienslive.com.
The auction starts Saturday.
Story @ NY Daily News
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