The fabulous Marilyn Monroe has always been a favourite of the Arcane Publishing team! Indeed, Miss Gish had several posters of the legendary Hollywood star on the walls of her bedroom from the age of 8 (we have pictures the prove it!) and she was given a very special Marilyn Monroe book for her 10th birthday (it's still on our shelves!) many centuries ago...
We have a big stock of classic cinema books for sale here at Arcane towers and we used to sell quite a lot of them up to a few years ago. Unfortunately, classic cinema has fallen out of fashion and favour with audiences - as demonstrated by the axing of Radio 4's The Film Programme which was often fascinating, especially the programmes presented by the super-knowledgeable Antonia Quirke. This radio show was the only place where you could still regularly hear about classic cinema in the mainstream media. Thankfully, the BBC IPlayer has some movies up (but they don't often upload any new ones) and programmes in their archives - and at the moment, there is the amazing RKO Story: Tales from Hollywood, which we highly recommend.
Once a lover of classic cinema always a lover of classic cinema. We cannot help regularly adding to our pile of Golden Age of cinema volumes and ephemera... and of course, we are collectors ourselves; you should see the amazing books we own, all about the fascinating history of Hollywood, the pioneers, the stars, the set designers, the writers, etc. We just adore the whole thing!
Even though Marilyn Monroe had remained iconic for decades, modern tastes had made people turn their back on this most unique of stars... She was rather astonishing as a person, for many reasons. And incredibly talented. Not only was she a superb actress with an incredible presence (-yes, really, watch her films!) she was also a poet and a thinker.
Over the past week, I have seen MM mentioned twice in the cultural pages of newspapers. Are we about to see a rehabilitation of Marilyn?
On Tuesday morning, Andy Warhol's artwork titled "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for $195M - a record sum in the art world. Hopefully this news will bring Marilyn back into the public's consciousness.
Then there is the Netflix documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes which is currently being shown on Netflix (I haven't got Netflix so won't watch it myself!).
So here at Arcane Towers, we have some amazing Marilyn Monroe items for sale from our "Classic Hollywood stock." For more pictures of the books and magazines, head to our Instagram Page (links in the titles below)!
Marilyn Among Friends, 1987
Before Marilyn, 2015
Paris Match - L'Affaire Marilyn, July 1962
Paris Match - Goodbye Marilyn, August 1962
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