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    The Seven Year Itch (20th Century Fox, 1955). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Three Sheet (41.25" X 78.5").
    Undeniably one of the most unforgettable screen moments in all of cinema history, Marilyn Monroe stands over a subway grate in her iconic white gown coyly asking, "Isn't it delicious?" as the air lifts her skirt. Tom Ewell can only stand and stare mesmerized, along with the star-struck audience. Billy Wilder's patience in shooting this scene multiple times paid off, as he and a crowd of New York onlookers knew it would be the key scene of the film. This particular scene in the film was originally shot on location at Lexington and 52nd Street in Manhattan, but the cheers and whistles of the bemused passers-by, all of which only served to anger and embarrass Monroe's then-husband Joe DiMaggio, made the footage unusable. Wilder rebuilt the location on the 20th Century Fox lot and reshot the scene, which required more than 40 takes for Monroe to get it right. Adapted from George Axelrod's Broadway play, with Ewell reprising his Broadway role, Wilder's sophisticated and witty film centers around the temptations of a middle-aged married man. Ewell, a professional book reader, sends his family off on vacation for the summer so he can get caught up on his work. He is living the life of a bachelor again, until a delightful blonde (Monroe, listed only as "Girl") moves in upstairs, causing his overactive imagination to fuel all of his lascivious thoughts. The film premiered on June 1, 1955, Monroe's 29th birthday, and has remained a cherished part of cinematic history ever since. Professional restoration has addressed edge and fold wear, mild fold separations, pinholes, as well as small chips and tears. There were thin surface scuffs and scratches in the interior. The borders and backgrounds have been airbrushed. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


    Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.

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