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Sweetheart of the Month-Medium
Tom Kelley

Sweetheart of the Month-MediumSweetheart of the Month-Medium

Sweetheart of the Month-Medium
Tom Kelley

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51 x 61 cm (20 x 24 ″)
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Print Only Total Size : 51X61CMPrinted on quality archival papers, with a 5cm border for easy framing

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This portrait of an ambitious Norma Jean was photographed by Tom Kelley in 1949. Four years later, Norma Jean had become Marilyn Monroe, she appeared on the cover and as the nude centrefold in the first issue of a new magazine called Playboy, and two legends were born.
This rare collector’s edition is personally signed by Hugh Hefner, the legendary founder of Playboy, and stamped “Playboy Legacy Collection”. It is one of only six, so extremely rare.
Although Hefner never actually met Marilyn, he was so enamoured with her that in 1992, he bought the burial plot adjoining hers in LA’s Westwood Memorial Park for £50,000.

Tom Kelley

Tom Kelley Sr. (1914 – 1984) was an American photographer who photographed Hollywood celebrities in the 1940s and 1950s. He is best known for his iconic 1949 nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe, which were distributed widely as calendar art—one of which was featured in the inaugural issue of Playboy magazine. Kelley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He learned photography as an apprentice in a New York photo studio, and then worked for the Associated Press. After coming to California in 1935, Kelley established a photography studio in Hollywood and produced promotional photographs of motion picture stars. David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn retained Kelley to take promotional photos of their stars and starlets for magazine covers and advertising.

Some of Kelley's most famous photo subjects have included Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, James Cagney, Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Jack Benny, David Bowie, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and, of course, Marilyn Monroe, with and without clothes.