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Marilyn Monroe Autograph Signed "Golden Dreams" Calender Photo 1st Playboy Centerfold ITEM SOLD
This 8" x 10" black and white photo has been signed by Marilyn Monroe in blue ballpoint or biro pen. This is a print of the infamous "Golden Dreams" photo that was taken in 1949 and was used on calenders from about 1952 on. Marilyn was not well known at the time the photo was taken, but was starting to get recognized once the calenders came out. As rumors spread that it was Marilyn who had posed for this, she admitted that it was indeed her. The rights of the photo were bought by Hugh Hefner, who used it as the centerfold in the first issue of his new magazine "Playboy" in December 1953. This black and white print was taken from a calender, though not one of the original releases.Those did not bear the "Posed By Marilyn Monroe" on the right side, as it was not originally known to be her. This was added on to calenders from about 1953 on. The photo shows signs of wear and age, some bending at corners, a few cracks in surface of photo. Marilyn apparently made a previous attempt to sign the photo, as just an indentation can be seen. The glossy photo surface made even the second attempt problematic, as skipping can be seen. A more legible signature would have been ideal, but still perhaps the ultimate item to have signed by Marilyn. Unidentified name written on back. This may well have been an unauthorized or "bootleg" copy of the photo at the time of issue, as there is no other identifying info printed on the photo.This is from the estate of Dan (Oberholtz) Diamond, a prominent Kansas City area DJ and collector for decades. I have obtained numerous signed items from his estate, some very rare signatures, including other Marilyn Monroe signed items. I will gladly send photos of some of these items for contextual provenance.