Amateur Marilyn Monroe film highlights celeb auction

Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:31pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amateur footage of Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable on the set of their classic film "The Misfits" is expected to highlight an upcoming celebrity auction and could fetch up to $100,000.

The sale by Julien's Auctions in Las Vegas on Saturday features more than 400 memorabilia items ranging from actress Pamela Anderson's sports car to a piece of wedding cake from the marriage celebration of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

But the 47-minute film of Monroe and Gable preparing for scenes in 1961's "The Misfits" has drawn a lot of interest ahead of the sale and could bring $50,000 to $100,000, said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions.

"That's become a focal point because it's behind-the-scenes and has never been seen before," Julien said.

Julien's obtained the film footage from the family of an actor who had a small part in the film.

Hollywood memorabilia has become increasingly popular with movie and television fans, especially aging baby boomers who have expendable income, because the items can trigger fond memories, Julien said.

"It's a way for them to buy back a memory from their childhood, it helps them relive those moments," Julien said.

Monroe's fans will find plenty to invest in. More than 125 lots relating to the actress -- including original photographs, hats and personal checks -- will be auctioned on Saturday.   Continued...

 
<p>"Lemon Marilyn" by artist Andy Warhol is displayed at Christie's auction house in London March 19, 2007. Amateur footage of Hollywood legends Monroe and Clark Gable on the set of their classic film "The Misfits" is expected to highlight an upcoming celebrity auction and could fetch up to $100,000. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>