Never before seen photos of Marilyn Monroe, along with their copyrights, are going up for auction at Julien's Auction from the estate of Monroe makeup artist and close personal friend, Allan Whitey Snyder.
On Friday, Martin Nolan of Julien's Auction House, which will auction the photos from the Synder estate when he died in 1994, brought the photos to the Today Show and talked about Snyder's relationship with Monroe.
It's spectacular, Nolan said. He was involved with her on the set and off the set, Matt, so he had amazing, privileged access.
Snyder worked with Monroe from the early beginnings of her career for a screen test in 1946 and officially with the 1952 film, Monkey Business, and was her close personal friend through her last official film in 1961 The Misfits. According to J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Synder worked on Monroe at her best and at her worst, when she became caught up in drugs.
The drugs had pretty much taken over by this time, he said of the filming of The Misfits. She was having a terrible time.
Synder said he used to apply her makeup for The Misfits while she was still asleep or else it would never get done.
There was no other way. It would take her so long to get up in the morning, we had to start with the makeup before she was out of bed just Monroe before being hospitalized.
Synder also did Monroe's makeup for her funeral, which she requested beforehand. Nolan retold the tale on the Today Show, explaining that Snyder's response to Monroe's request was, Sure drop off the body while it's still warm which explains the gold Tiffany money clip up for auction inscribed to Snyder which reads, Dear Whitey, While I'm still warm, Marilyn.
Another of the photos shows Snyder applying makeup on Monroe in 1960 for the filming of Let's Make Love, where she is seen standing in her underwear.
The photos, along with some copyrights and relics, will be auctioned through Julien's Auctions' Hollywood Legends sale on March 31 and April 1.