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Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia and Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Paintings

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe left the world suddenly and unexpectedly forty-five years ago this August but since that fateful day, her popularity has not waned. In fact, in many ways, her star has continued to shine even more brightly. The further away from that history takes us from this tragic icon, the closer the world wants to reach back to her in order to learn about her, discover all the details of her brief life, and connect with her in any way possible.

One connection that bridges her past with our present is the ability to view her personally-owned items. These items provide an insight into various facets of Miss Monroe’s life history including her career, her personal interests, tastes, and hobbies, as well as particular journeys along her life path.

One specific individual who can chronicle the late legend’s history this way is the owner of the World’s largest authentic collection of Marilyn Monroe-owned items, Mark Bellinghausen.

Mr. Bellinghaus’ interest in Marilyn Monroe was sparked at the age of nine upon his first glimpse of a photo of the superstar. His admiration continued into adulthood at which time
as a successful actor in Germany, he decided to immigrate to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles, the school started by Miss Monroe’s very own acting coach. While residing in Marilyn Monroe’s hometown, he began to amass a collection of her authentic belongings, which in turn have become a reflection of the actress’ life story.

Mr. Bellinghaus’ collection is comprised of such gems as costumes from her movies including the one-of-a-kind purple, blue, and pink colored cape from her film The Prince and the Showgirl. Personal apparel items are also highlights of his collection such as her orange Emilio Pucci Blouse and white bathing robe. She wore both items in one of her last photo sessions with famed photographer George Barris. The latter of these two items was also said to be worn by Miss Monroe on the day of her death.

Many of the furnishings from the late star’s modest Brentwood home are a part of The Mark Bellinghaus Collection such as her Mexican copper mirror, her dining room table, her welcome bench, her coffee table, and many beautiful paintings, pieces of pottery, and even the call bell that Miss Monroe utilized to summon her housekeeper Eunice Murray.

Within this collection, there are uncountable personal documents and unpublished photographs including the negatives as well as personal mementos and other items which can be the most treasured keys to unlock a person’s character and story. These include one of two birthday cards given to Miss Monroe on her 34th birthday while on the set of Let’s Make Love and also books from her personal reading library. Her sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses are also part of Mr. Bellinghaus’ collection as well as her authentic wire hair curlers in which the goddess’ blonde hair is still intertwined.

It is because of Mr. Bellinghaus’ expertise in authenticating Marilyn Monroe’s items that he has participated as a renowned specialist and consultant for major auction houses. With his astuteness in this area, he was able to recognize that a 2005 Marilyn Monroe Exhibit aboard the Queen Mary contained many suspicious items including Clairol Hair Rollers said to contain the real hair of Marilyn Monroe. Upon his personal investigation, it was discovered this brand and type of roller was manufactured in 1974 and Clairol was not even in existence at the time of Miss Monroe’s death in 1962. The exhibit which was scheduled for a worldwide tour was subsequently shut down after the credibility was questioned by Mr. Bellinghaus and Ernest Cunningham, author of The Ultimate Marilyn. Together they published their findings in two blog articles and then proceeded to file a class-action lawsuit against Queen Mary.

Following this disappointing exhibit, many are left with a craving for the opportunity to view genuine Marilyn Monroe-owned items. Mr. Bellinghaus has already shared his stunning collection with thousands while it was on display at the Hollywood Museum for four months. Paris Hilton and her parents were also honored guests who had a chance to marvel at this prestigious collection.

And once again thousands are clambering for Mr. Bellinghaus to share these wonderful treasures with the world. In response, he is currently seeking investors for an incredible exhibit proposal to tour his incomparable collection around the globe.

For those that are considering supporting this amazing exhibit, please view this video below for more information and photos about the largest, most comprehensive, and 100% authentic Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia Collection in the world.

Marilyn Monroe Artwork by Andy Warhol
Andrew Warhola (known as Andy Warhol) painted a variety of paintings of the actress Marilyn Monroe after she committed suicide in 1962. Warhol made it his goal to mass-produce his art by using a method called silkscreen. This method involves enlarging and transferring a photo onto silk. A variety of colors are printed onto a screen using a rubber squeegee.

For his paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Warhol used a photograph by Gene Korman from a publicity shoot for the film, Niagara. Andy Warhol painted Marilyn Monroe’s paintings with one color: green, blue, lemon yellow turquoise. Next, he silk-screened her face on top. In this way, he created different styles and depicted many different colors. In the paintings, she was either by herself, multiplied in a grid, or doubled. After four months, Andy Warhol’s paintings were complete. Andy Warhol issued a portfolio of his Marilyn Monroe paintings in 1967.

Andy Warhol’s interest in fame inspired him to make his Marilyn Monroe Andy Warhol paintings. Warhol admired Marilyn Monroe as a star. He was fascinated by her beauty and thought of her as a role model. In his artwork, he portrayed Monroe as not only beautiful but also dark and mysterious. Warhol invented the phrase, “fifteen minutes of fame” which means a celebrity such as Monroe catches the public’s attention for a short-lived period of time. Then, the media moves on to other celebrities who fascinate the world.

Andy Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology with a major in pictorial design. After graduating, he started his career as a commercial illustrator. After failed attempts at exhibiting his work in the 1960s, Warhol decided to incorporate pop culture into his works of art. Known as pop art, Warhol used everyday objects as subjects for his paintings. He became famous as “Pope of Pop” for his paintings. In addition to Marilyn Monroe, Warhol painted other celebrities in “The Factory”, Andy Warhol’s studio in New York.

Those interested in Andy Warhol’s artwork and paintings of Marilyn Monroe can view them at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the biggest museums featuring only one artist in the world. The museum features more than four thousand works of art by Warhol. His works of art include paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and videos. In addition to Warhol’s artwork, visitors can find information on Andy Warhol’s life.

Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Paintings
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe’s paintings form the bulk of his paintings currently on exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and there are multiple online sites devoted to the late artist’s work as well. The Andy Warhol museum contains over 4000 works of art which include prints, drawings, paintings, photographs, and videos. This museum also has a lot of interesting information about the artist’s life. Andy Warhol (real name Andy Warhola), was an iconic artist whose work will not soon be forgotten, and his name is synonymous with the “Pop Art” style he made famous.

Andy received his degree in design from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and subsequently became a commercial artist. Although he was unsuccessful in his initial endeavors, he eventually decided to make pop art, which included celebrities’ likenesses. Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe paintings can be described as part of this series of his artworks. Aside from Marilyn, Andy painted many other celebrities in his studio, called “The Factory.” However, in comparison to other celebrities he painted, it was Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe paintings for which he is best known.

Warhol was obsessed with fame, being famous, and the very concept of fame and its relation to the media. He was obsessed with Marilyn, and Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe artworks are still living proof of it. Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe paintings depict the actress as mysterious, as well as beautiful, and his paintings of her are cast in many shades as if to show the depth of her multifaceted character. Andy considered fame to be fleeting and was of the view that media is always looking for a new celebrity. He is credited with the phrase “15 minutes of fame”… which refers to the fact that each celebrity is only famous for so long before he becomes disinterested and moves on to the next celebrity.

Andy Warhol auction and Marilyn Monroe paintings are based on a photo of Marilyn taken during an outdoor shoot by photographer Gene Korman. Andy painted his works of Marilyn after her suicide in 1962, using a single color to depict her various “shades.” He then enlarged the paintings and transferred them to silk canvas. Once the base was transferred to silk he added other colors. Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe paintings are to this day kept museum at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve as a memorial to a bygone age, and the life of a famous and beautiful, yet troubled, model and actress.


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Alex cox September 15 - auction

Glass candy containers History and Antique Halloween Candy Containers

Glass candy containers were originally designed as treasure-filled toys or souvenirs; they still attract collectors nearly a century after they were introduced. When asked Jim Olean how he started his collection of glass candy containers, he said in the fall of 1985, I went out into the woods near my house in search of wild mushrooms. Despite my search for mushrooms, I found an old dump. There was a small glass candlestick telephone, a dog, and a Santa without ahead. These items were taken home, washed, and placed on a shelf in our game room. My uncle, who collects many old things, came over to visit me one day. He saw the glass items I showed him. I was told they were made about 30 minutes away, that they held candy, and that they were made of glass. It was a novelty that a toy and candy were all in one!" Since they were found in the dump, all the parts that came with them were gone. If I went to the local antique flea market, then I could find an all-original one, according to my uncle. The next spring, when the flea markets opened, I went to the best one in town. In the same dump, I also discovered a candlestick telephone. But this one was 100% original like the day it was made, some thirty years ago! My $15 purchase went on the shelf with the one I bought from the dump. Even the candy was still intact on the telephone, which was a far cry from the one from the dump. Due to this, I purchased as many as were available. Having made that purchase, I did not realize how far it would go!

History of glass candy containers
Where and when this industry began is somewhat dubious. There is some proof that glass toy sweets holders were delivered as right on time as the last part of the 1860s. The initially archived model was the 1876 Liberty Bell, delivered by Croft, a confectioner from Philadelphia, PA. Croft created candy on the grounds of the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Fair and sold them in a glass gift Liberty Bell. Many more likely than not been sold, as this 145-year-old holder isn't uncommon and can be found for under $100 today.

The focal point of the glass toy sweets holder industry was Jeannette, PA, a humble community outside of Pittsburgh, PA. It became home to many glass organizations as a result of the spotless consuming petroleum gas that was found there in the last part of the 1880s. The sweets holder industry didn't take off until George West, President of Westmoreland Glass, got included. In 1906, his organization began to patent glass toy sweets compartments for creation. These early Westmoreland holders were straightforward in plan and had a metal conclusion. Plans included trunks, bags, tickers, and horns made in milk glass. They were finished with paint and sold as keepsakes, denoting a year or spot.

How many different glass candy container designs were produced over time?
For around 100 years, about 550 distinctive glass treats compartments were delivered by no less than 13 organizations including vintage glass candy containers. A few compartments are extremely normal, while others are astoundingly uncommon, with just a couple of known models. I've been gathering these for a very long time and have most, yet not all, of them. No gatherer, past or present, has had the option to secure each model. It's simply excessively hard.

In the broadest sense, current costs can go from USD 5 to $5,000, with the state of the compartment fundamentally impacting its worth. Costs expanded throughout the long term and topped around 2006. With the approach of web purchasing and selling, and eBay specifically, costs descended

Collecting Antique Halloween Candy Containers
Sweet treats and candy are the most collected of Halloween items by children traveling from house to house when they are trick-or-treating. Candy is not a durable item that makes a practical collectible. However, the containers children use during trick-or-treating to gather candy are highly prized collectibles.

In the early 1900s Halloween candy containers were produced in Japan and Germany. During this same time period trick-or-treating in the United States was spreading from the northeast, an area largely populated by British immigrants, to other parts of the country. Children required containers to collect their sweet treats and candy. The candy containers imported from Japan and Germany met this need.

Candy Containers From Germany
The majority of German candy containers were crafted of composition or papier-mâché. Others were made of cardboard, wood, or plaster. Halloween candy containers were produced in the forms of cats, ghosts, jack-lanterns, and devils. The top of the container typically included a hat or the head of the figure. When this top was opened the candy could be deposited into the bottom where it remained protected when the top was replaced. Candy containers were produced in sizes ranging from 2 inches to greater than 12 inches.

Candy Containers From Japan
By the 1930s Japan was a major contributor to the importation of candy containers to the United States. The containers produced in Japan were made of bisque, celluloid, and glass. Some containers came ready filled with candy, others required filling with homemade treats. Prior to 1930 containers from Japan were marked simply Japan or Germany. After 1930 new laws passed by the United States required imported items be marked "Made in" followed by the name of the country.

Candy Containers From the United States
The ushering in of the 1940s and continuing through the 1950s saw the production of a small number of commercially issued trick-or-treat bags. Bags with merchant messages related to Halloween were often used for the collection of candy on Halloween and then discarded. The infrequency with which these bags survived makes them collectible.

Continuing into the 1960s hard plastic containers were produced in the United States. The containers typically were made in bright orange and black. Most were crafted in the form of a pumpkin although containers in the form of cats and witches have been discovered.

Deciding What to Collect
Candy containers from Germany are the most prized and also the most expensive. As the German containers became more difficult to find and afford, collectors turned to those made in Japan. The most plentiful and affordable containers are those made of plastic in the United States. The plastic containers can be found at flea markets and yard sales and priced inexpensively. Noncollectors of Halloween items do not see the potential value in these hard plastic containers.

Identifying Reproductions
Candy containers from Germany and Japan have been reproduced within the last 20 years. Many of the reproductions originate from China. At first glance and to the inexperienced collector, the reproductions may be difficult to distinguish from the early authentic containers. Characteristics that distinguish the originals from reproduction include paint colors that appear brighter than the original paint, worn paint that is in unexpected or unusual places. Original containers would be expected to show wear on high points, such as the top, the handle, the bottom. Lastly, if the price seems too good to be true, it is likely a reproduction. When considering purchasing any antique it is best to do some research and if possible visit places or dealers who have authentic collections. Most collectors are happy to share information.