The original James Bond Walther pistol and a slew of never-before-published photos of Marilyn Monroe are set for auction. Edward Baran reports.
Unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe are going up for auction in California. More than 3,700 negatives and transparancies show her in a variety of poses - some that made her a legendary sex symbol, others perhaps revealing a more subtle and fragile woman. The photos belonged to the archive of celebrity photographer Milton H Greene, who was a close friend of the star, as Joe Maddalena from auction house Profiles in History explains SOUNDBITE, Joe Maddalena, Profiles in History President, saying (English): "The proximity to her and the intimacy that these portraits depict are unlike any other images of Marilyn Monroe because he had access to her in an environment where she was so relaxed and so herself that you see the quality and the greatness and the sparkle in her eyes that just doesn't exist by any other photographer whoever took her pictures." Also part of the sale is the Walther pellet gun held by Sean Connery and used in promotional images for many James Bond movie. SOUNDBITE, Joe Maddalena, Profiles in History President, saying (English): "They were doing a promo campaign and when they got to the sound stage, they realized that no one had brought a gun. One of the camera guys says 'you know, I'm into airsoft, I have one of these in the car,' went out and got his gun and they used it and it became in all the images of Sean Connery is with that gun with the long barrel, never used in the movie. They always used the short barrel. So it's pretty interesting that it's such a recognizable image, never seen on screen." The gun could fetch up to 300,000 dollars. The auctions are set to take place at the end of July