Unseen Marilyn Monroe photos unveiled in Poland
Found in the city of Wroclaw
This September, the blonde bombshell will be bringing some star power to Wrocolaw's Unesco-inscribed Centennial Hall, from a collection that will be put on display there – becoming the centerpiece of Poland's first photography museum.
"Wroclaw is getting much more international attention; we have many attractions in the city, but at the moment, they are connected to Polish culture and to the previous, German culture," said Rafal Dutkiewicz, Wroclaw mayor since 2002. "But in the case of Marilyn Monroe, she's one of the most recognised and well-known brands worldwide. And this is something that every city needs to get tourists and visitors."
The images were taken by American fashion photographer, Milton H Greene, who captured the likenesses of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn – with photographs of some of these celebrities also included in the Wroclaw collection.
However Greene's most iconic images were the ones of Monroe from the 50s, including the famed shot of her in a white, ballet-inspired dress.
The images ended up in Polish hands due to the Polish government later accusing Greene of cheating Poland's Foreign Debt Service in a random embezzlement scandal, leading him to give up his unseen photo collection for the debt he owed them.
With majority of the collection going up for auction, Wroclaw, the fourth-largest city in Poland, won the photographs for 6.4 million zlotys – which was a record bid for any individual lot sold at a Polish auction.
"Marilyn Monroe is so international, so recognisable. The collection could be a tourist attraction for people from all over the world," Windorbski noted. "We're so, so excited that something like this could happen in Poland."