Rare Monroe Footage Is Up For Auction

By: KATHLEEN HENNESSEY AP Writer
By: KATHLEEN HENNESSEY AP Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Rare footage of Marilyn Monroe on the set of her last completed film was up for auction Saturday, along with other memorabilia once belonging to Monroe and other film stars.

The two reels of silent, 8-millimeter color film shot on the set of "The Misfits" was expected to draw starting bids of between $10,000 and $20,000.

The auction also included the original disco ball from "Saturday Night Fever" and an original script of "The Godfather" signed by Marlon Brando. The sale was held by Julien's Auctions at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 47-minute film, "On the Set with 'The Misfits,"' is a home movie shot by Stanley Floyd Kilarr, a card dealer and extra in the film who used his down time to capture Monroe and co-star Clark Gable on the set.

The Western drama was made by director John Huston in Reno, Nev.
and the surrounding desert. It was written by playwright Arthur Miller, who was in the final stages of his marriage to Monroe at the time. It became the final completed film for both Monroe and Gable.

Gable had a fourth heart attack just after filming was finished, and died Nov. 16, 1960, some two months before the movie's U.S. release. Monroe died Aug. 5, 1962.

"On Set With 'The Misfits"' features candid moments with Monroe and Gable, as well as Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter and Huston, who is seen riding a camel down Main Street in Reno. The film shows the actors preparing for scenes, chatting with crew members and others on the set, and relaxing between takes.

Cathy and Rod McCormick, of Sparks, Nev., obtained the film canister from her father, Frank Hasy, Kilarr's uncle.

Items sold early Saturday included a jumpsuit worn by Elvis Presley in the film "Viva Las Vegas," which went for $36,325. Alfred Hitchcock's driver's license sold for $8,000 and an original "King Kong" French film poster sold for $40,625, according to Julien's Auctions President Darren Julien.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-21-08 1751EDT


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 20630619 - kolotv.com/a?a=20630619