DescriptionA Marilyn Monroe Rare Signed Nude Calendar, Circa 1952. Featuring the infamous pose titled 'A New Wrinkle,' lower portion advertises the 'Paramount Paint & Lacquer Co.' [in Los Angeles], a 1952 page-a-month calendar originally stapled to bottom (though now unattached); signed on the right side in black ink "To my buddy, Ma_ _ / Love and Affection / Marilyn;" the "Ma_ _" being Mary Karger (though the last two letters are illegible), sister of Fred Karger, Marilyn's vocal coach at Columbia Studios and one of her early love interests. (Please note this calendar has numerous wrinkles, tears, and paper loss around the edges, the top metal margin is unattached but still included, and the signature is very faded though still legible.)
33" x 16"
This piece was consigned directly by Mary Karger's son, Bennett, who relays that his mother met Marilyn in 1948 when the then starlet was dating her brother, Fred Karger. As many MM biographies indicate, Marilyn became part of the Karger family, remaining like a sister to Mary and a daughter to Anne [Fred's and Mary's mother], even after her romance with Fred ended. Both Mary and Anne attended Marilyn's funeral by invitation of Joe DiMaggio who knew how close Marilyn had been to them. Interestingly, according to the latest MM biography, 'Marilyn: The Paradox and the Passion' [Bloomsbury USA, New York, 2012] by Lois Banner, on page 145, the author notes that Marilyn "...dubbed Mary...'Buddynuts'" which explains the inscription.
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