Milton H. Greene, 1955, The Archives Store

This image is from the Black Cape Sitting taken in February, 1955, just one of the sessions that Milton and Marilyn did while she was hiding in self-imposed exile from her public and living with the Greene family in New York. Milton, Jay Kanter, and Irving Stein sued 20th Century Fox to gain Marilyn’s release from her 'slave' contract. They won and a month after this picture was taken, she appeared in public for the first time in a year, of which her re-entrance to the world was an event all in itself. Here Marilyn is in a black jersey, perfectly plain Norell cocktail dress with spaghetti straps. Incidentally, months earlier, while giving a press conference for Prince and the Showgirl, this was the dress whose strap popped. It had a matching, waist length cape, in black wool, slashed with green ribbon threaded through. The shoulder treatment is black, six-inch tassels hanging from a ridge of smocking. Above that are ruffles and ruches. Pure Norell! Marilyn loved it. She wore it with black satin pumps, a black evening bag and no jewelry.

This Limited Edition print is part of The Archives' Diamond Edition. Printing is done on an Epson Stylus Pro® series printer (using UltraChrome K3® with Vivid Magenta), using Epson Exhibition Fiber 325 gsm paper. This ink and media combination is rated by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. to last over 200 years before showing any signs of fading under proper conditions.

Signature: * Limited Edition with definite number of prints * Digitally remastered by The Archives * Stamped, numbered, and signed by Joshua Greene * Letter of authenticity included

Publisher: The Archives, LLC

For 2 years the selection from the ‘Diamond Edition’ collection stayed in the hands of Chopard and traveled as a series called ‘Forever Marilyn’ to NY, Zurich, UK and graced the walls at Art Basel in Miami.
The Diamond Edition is currently being released and published onto The Archives Store by The Archives, LLC for purchase to the public as a collection of 22 of the 25.

Five decades after the death of Marilyn Monroe the 65th Cannes Film festival, hosted and sponsored by Chopard Jewelers, unveiled an intimate viewing at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France in the exclusive Chopard lounge, an exceptional series of 25 never before seen photographs of the star Marilyn Monroe by Milton H. Greene, along with a stunning tribute jewelry creation designed by Caroline Scheufele.
These unseen photographs were a revelation and source of inspiration for Chopard artistic director and Co-president Caroline Scheufele who designed a one of a kind, 200 plus carat heart shaped diamond necklace and earrings inspired by the song ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ that Marilyn sang in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and were worn by model and actress Eva Herzigova on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet that evening as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
Admirers and fans of Milton and Marilyn had this exceptional window of opportunity to view the collection of 25 images originally named “The Diamond Edition’ which are representative of Milton and Marilyn’s legendary friendship, as Marilyn herself said about Milton, ‘ You made me interesting.’ The images were hand selected by Joshua Greene and edited by Chopard from 40 select images for the occasion.

About Milton H. Greene

American, 1922-1955, New York, New York, based in Los Angeles, California

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