Beautiful vintage matte-finish 8 x 10 portrait of Monroe taken during a Frank Powolny glamour shoot in 1953, signed and inscribed in green fountain pen, “To Inez, My love & deepest thanks, Marilyn.” In fine condition, with a stain to right edge. Monroe and Powolny most famously teamed up in 1953 for a series of stunning, artfully framed publicity stills for the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Immortalized for his classic World War II pinup of Betty Grable, Powolny remained a trusted photographer for Monroe throughout her career, and is noted as taking the last known still photographs of the starlet during production of Something's Got to Give, one week before her death in 1962. Additionally, the photo is likely inscribed to Inez Melson, Monroe's DiMaggio-appointed business manager in the mid-1950s, the legal guardian to Gladys Baker Eley, Monroe's schizophrenic mother, and, following Monroe's death, administrator of her Los Angeles holdings. A stunning image augmented by the unique contrast of Monroe’s green signature against the soft glow of her bare shoulder.
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