21. July 2011
A porn film of the late American bombshell Marilyn Monroe was allegedly been found and will be put up for auction this August 7. (Photo:Getty Images)
A Spanish collector is planning to auction a newly discovered 8-mm version of a film which the collector allegedly claims a porn film of the late American bombshell Marilyn Monroe.
However, a Marilyn Monroe expert says that it can’t be Marilyn because the girl on the film was less feminine and considerably heavier.
“That’s not Marilyn. The chin is not the same, the lips are not the same, the teeth are not the same,” said Scott Fortner, who has a sizable collection of Monroe memorabilia, including a belt he said proves how much more petite she was. “Marilyn was a tiny little thing. And I know that for a fact. I own her clothing.”
Collector Mikel Barsa told in an interview that he wants at least $500,000 for the film, which he says was made before Marilyn Monroe becomes 21. He also said that the film he holds was the exact and original copy which was discovered decades ago. Barsa brokered a sale of that film to a European magazine in 1997, which he said in turn sold some 600,000 copies before a collector bought the original 16-mm reel for $1.2 million. Copies of that version are still circulating on the Internet.
“People with romantic notions have denied that it’s Marilyn Monroe, and have invented stories” to raise doubts about the film, Barsa said in his Buenos Aires office, which is lined with pictures from his days as a concert promoter. “This film shows the real Marilyn Monroe – it was only later that the studios discovered her and transformed her.”
The girl’s face on the film was relatively different from Marilyn Monroe who emerged star later, but similar to Monroe seen on her first movies, 1949′s “Love Happy” which depicts the actress before she lost her weight.
The collector didn’t know how the two original copies was ended up in the hands of people who wanted help selling them, and he turn down to identify the two. He also said that way back 1940′s were made often side-by-side 16-mm and 8-mm camera, because most audiences are this format.
Mark Roesler of Indianapolis-based CMG worldwide, threatened to sue Barsa after the earlier version was emerged in 1997. Barsa also said that the owners of the film didn’t come after they sold it to CMG.
Barsa is planning to put the film on auction on August 7 at the memorabilia fair which he organized at Buenas Aires, Argentina. 10th part of the sale is his.
Several scandals and sexually explicit films had already floating around Monroe for years now developing for a long time and unresolved debate.
“In the Marilyn community, people have debated this for years and years and for the most part it’s widely believed that this is not her,” Fortner said.
However, Fortner added Monroe’s physical appearance had changed a lot before she became a star — that she undergone in different plastic surgery, learned how to hold still her face differently in modelling schools. Fortner said that her mole moved from time to time.