|Marilyn Monroe photos spark buzz ahead of Polish auction at Dom Aukcyjny Desa Unicum|
Photo gallery curator Anna Wolska presents a photo of Marylin Monroe and Arthur Miller by the late celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 20, 2012. Poland plans to auction off part of a photographic collection that includes hundreds of photographs of Marilyn Monroe which ended up in Poland's possession as the result of a complex embezzlement scandal that shook the country in the early 1990s. A Chicago man accused of cheating Poland of millions of dollars gave the collection to Poland in the 1990s in partial repayment for the governments loss. AP Photo/Alik Keplicz.
WARSAW (AFP).- Marilyn Monroe aficionados are flocking to a Warsaw auction house to see pictures of the American blonde bombshell and other Hollywood stars snapped by acclaimed celebrity photographer Milton Greene.
Juliusz Windorbski, who heads the Dom Aukcyjny Desa Unicum auction house in the Polish capital, said a total of 240 photos were up for bid on November 8, making it the largest ever sale of Greene's photos.
"Until now, Greene's photos were sold one by one or in lots of no more than a few, but never so many at once," Windorbski said.
The sale will also be Poland's biggest ever art auction, he added.
In the black-and-white pictures, Monroe is captured dressed in jeans, fixing her lipstick and hair, eating a meal and coyly chatting on the phone.
Such images will have a fixed minimum price ranging from 120-3,300 euros ($156-3,498).
"Prices will certainly spike on auction day, but I hope I'll be able to buy my favourite photo, one with Marilyn Monroe holding a cup of coffee," film director Bogdan Gorski told AFP this week at a red-carpet launch for the viewing.
Poland's state treasury obtained the candid Monroe shots among a collection of nearly 4,000 Greene photographs it received as part of a complicated 1995 settlement with a Polish foreign debt management agency.
Other Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando also feature at the auction.
"These are extraordinary photos because Milton Greene had an unmatched talent of capturing the moment. He managed to show Marilyn's different faces. He casts her as a little girl and a sex symbol," modern art critic Iza Rusiniak said.
The collection was stored in boxes for two decades in New York. They were plucked from obscurity in March and shipped to Poland, Windorbski said.
For the time being, Poland's state archives will hold onto the remainder of the collection.
Greene died in 1985.
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