She remains one of the most recognisable women on the planet, condemned to immortality by the screen-printed canvases of Andy Warhol, so it’s always a jolt to uncover images of Marilyn Monroe that are unfamiliar. This particular set was taken on August 3, 1952 at a celebrity party, where Monroe was the guest of honour. The event was organised by Fox, who used the opportunity to promote Monroe, who was their latest up-and-coming star. Her breakout film Don’t Bother To Knock was riding high on billboard success, and Monroe was in the middle of filming Niagara, she practically oozed glamour and sex appeal. The eagle-eyed will no doubt have recognised that hot pink wiggle dress, accessoried with strappy black stiletto sandals and gold hoop earrings.
Arriving by helicopter, in typically glamorous style, Monroe playfully posed in front of giant sheet music and posed in a trio with Mickey Rooney and Ray Anthony. Lani Carlson, a sound engineer, took the images, on a David White Stereo Realist Camera, a dual-lens point and shoot that creates a three-dimensional effect when seen through a special viewer – 3D Monroe before the technique was perfected. The images were sold at auction in December last year, another piece of Monroe memorabilia consigned to auction.