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Press Release - July 17, 2018
Robert Mitchum Mementos, Rare Marilyn Monroe Calendar Offered in Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia AuctionActor's lots include 1992 Golden Globe Award for lifetime work
The sale includes 25 lots relating to Mitchum, consigned directly by his family, ranging from awards to leather script covers to gold cigarette lighters. Considered by many to be one of the finest actors in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Mitchum ranked No. 23 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years … 100 Stars" list.
Likely to be the top lot in the group is a Robert Mitchum Golden Globe Award (1992) for his lifetime of work in the entertainment field (est. $8,000+). The iconic award features an added female figuring on top of the globe, and includes a plaque on the front that reads "Robert Mitchum / 1992 / Cecil B. DeMille / Award / for / Outstanding / Contribution / to the / Entertainment / Field." The award is accompanied by a signed "Letter of Provenance" from the Mitchums.
A collection of 13 Robert Mitchum-Received Group of Funny Telegrams from Frank Sinatra (1980s-1990s), all Western Union "Mailgrams" (est. $2,000+), were sent by the iconic crooner between 1980 and 1997 to Mitchum at his Montecito home. The notes all include virtually the same message: "Dear Bob / Happy Mother's Day / Love, Francis" – a trend believed to reflect a running joke between the two. The last telegram is dated "05/09/97," just two months before Mitchum's death, and has the added message of "all the very best to you and your family."
Other top Mitchum lots include a Group of Sterling Silver and Other Items (1950s-1990s), featuring items such as a sterling silver "very 1950s ashtray, silvertone Jefferson cups, a silvertone metal whistle on a chain and a pair of silver square-shaped cuff links; a 'Rudolph Valentino' Award (1990); and a Group of Gold and other items (1960s-1970s) that includes three cigarette lighters. Each carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,000+.
Multiple early bids already have been submitted for the Marilyn Monroe Very Rare 'Salesman Sample' Calendar (1956), which opened with a pre-auction estimate of $1,000+.
The calendar is significant as it relates to Monroe, arguably the most popular Hollywood starlet of all time Also, importantly, this calendar comes directly from the personal files of Bob Baruck, a salesman who sold now-infamous nude calendars in the San Fernando Valley during the mid-1950s; this calendar was consigned directly by Baruck's daughter.
"Marilyn Monroe is such an important part of 20th century pop culture, and was the most popular actress of her time," Heritage Auctions Entertainment Consignment Director Giles Moon said. "She was the epitome of the glamorous Hollywood star, and was the premier sex symbol of the mid-20th century, so images like these are enormously popular with her legion of fans. Calendars like this one were extremely popular during the 1950s, and to get this one directly from Bob Baruck's daughter only increases its importance and value."
This calendar features four pages attached to a spiral binding that measure 14 by 8-1/2 inches, each with an image of Monroe filling about 75 percent of the page, with three months of calendar dates printed below, as well as a space for the buyer to place an ad. The first image, re-titled Entrancing, features a nude image of Monroe with strategically placed "lace overprint." The other three images show the blond bombshell, in three different poses, wearing a red cowboy hat, red shorts and white boots … and nothing else.
The lot includes its original die-cut envelope that included a hole through which viewers could get a glimpse of the calendar's first image. The envelope trumpets its contents as "The Most Talked of Calendar In the World" and teases would-be buyers: "The original, sensational nude pose with overprint of lace …. Plus Three additional original, provocative, playful poses by Marilyn." The back of the envelope includes considerable background information on Monroe, the start of her modeling career and how she ended up posing for the calendar.
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