“Forgotten Hollywood”- Milton Greene Photos Up for Auction

Posted on July 13, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

MHG-page_05<- Milton H. Greene was a fashion and celebrity photographer for over four decades. He’s best known for the photo shoots he did with Marilyn Monroe. Greene first encountered the iconic actress when on assignment for Look Magazine. They quickly became close friends, and ultimately they formed their own film production company, which produced Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl. Prior her marriage to famed novelist, Arthur Miller, Marilyn lived with Greene’s family in their Connecticut farmhouse. During this period, he captured some of her most famous photos, including the famous Black Sitting.

   3,700 unpublished black-and-white and color negatives and transparencies of Greene’s Monroe archive are going on the auction block — with copyright. They are a fraction of 75,000 celebrity negatives and slides he shot in the 1950s and 1960s going on sale on July 27th at Profiles in History in Los Angeles and online. The archive also includes hundreds of stills of Faye Dunaway during the filming of Bonnie & Clyde; Cary Grant and Doris Day starring in That Touch of Mink; and Ava Gardner, Sid Caesar, Jane Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve, and Marlene Dietrich.

   The range of Milton H. Greene’s subjects include such people as Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Groucho Marx, Andy Warhol, Judy Garland, Lauren Hutton, Alfred Hitchcock, Romy Schneider, Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Claudia Cardinale, Lauren Bacall, Dizzy Gillespie, and Norman Mailer, as well as many others. His photography won him many honors, medals and awards; among them the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Art Director’s Club of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Detroit. One of his last awards was from the Art Director’s Club of New York for his work in Harper’s Bazaar.

   Copyrights will be included with all the material, which is spread over 268 lots; meaning a potential buyer can print images from the negatives and transparencies, sell them, and license the material. Most of the lots are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $15,000, depending on the number of negatives in each lot, and the featured celebrity. The seller is an unidentified American photography collector who purchased the archive about 10 years ago. The limited edition prints are all signed, stamped, and authenticated by the estate of Milton Greene. His son Joshua plans to attend the auction event.

   Milton H. Greene’s died in 1985. He was 63.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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