Marilyn Monroe 1955 "The Seven Year Itch" Original Photograph PSA/DNA Type 1
She was the premier pin-up girl of the 1950's and the personification of Hollywood glamor, who nearly 50 years after her tragic death is more popular than ever. She gained stardom not only because of her sheer beauty and voluptuous shape, but by proving her talents as an actress in such films as "Some Like it Hot", "Gentleman prefer Blondes", and the movie from which this famous image was taken. "The Seven Year Itch" was made in 1955, and based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod which contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown above her knees by a passing train. The commonly used phrase refers to declining interest in a monogamous relationship after seven years of marriage. Joe DiMaggio was reported to have been present and infuriated by the spectacle. After a quarrel, witnessed by journalist Walter Winchell, the couple returned to California where they avoided the press for two weeks, until Monroe announced that they had separated. This very significant Type I - 1st generation photo measures 8" x 10" in dimension and rates in Very Good to Excellent condition. It's reverse bares a Culver Pictures Inc. stamp as well as several notations identifying the film and the subject who has become one of the most identifiable figures in American film history. This photograph has been authenticated by PSA/DNA as a TYPE 1, period 1st generation exemplar and has been encapsulated in PSA's tamper proof and archival safe photograph holder (photograph certification number 1P02459). These crystal clear holders are semi-rigid, yet light weight and thin enough to be easily matted and framed.
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