Marilyn Monroe Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Artist Proof 002 Limited Edition Acrylic
This acrylic cast of Marilyn Monroe’s hands and feet is the artist’s proof from the mold obtained from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
This totally unique, and never before available, piece of American film memorabilia is produced by Iconicus Studios, LLC and is officially licensed by the Estate of Marilyn Monroe.
“Artist proof 002” is the second acrylic produced. The production of the acrylic range will be limited to 15-20 life-size pieces in total.
In 1953, following her appearance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe and her co-star Jane Russell, were invited to add their hand and footprints to the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, as has been the tradition for Hollywood Stars since 1927.
Monroe and Russell added their prints on the same day and wrote “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” across both squares.
It is said that Marilyn suggested adding a print of her bottom to the cement but was not allowed.
The inscription ‘efer Blondes’ (From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) has been removed from this cast so that it features only Marilyn’s signature, hand and foot prints and the date.
Molds of the Grauman Chinese Theatre footprints were subsequently made by the Theatre’s contractor to protect the famous theatre against the threat of an earthquake or other disaster.
These molds were kept in a storage facility until 1963, when the contents were sold at auction. The molds were eventually acquired by Iconicus Studios which has since obtained an official license.
Pictured above is the life-size “Artist proof 002” of the first limited edition set of acrylic casts, from the original mold taken from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The acrylics are cast at a local artisan studio which specializes in investment grade acrylic production.
Solvang Antiques is delighted to be working with Iconicus Studios, LLC on this project.
Iconicus spokesman Bryan Gill commented; “It’s an exciting project for all of us and equally exciting for all Marilyn Monroe fans. The casts will be produced with museum quality Certificates Of Authenticity from Iconicus Studios, as “officially licensed product.”
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a truly unique piece of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, either the unique “Artist proof 002”, or one of the 15-20 acrylic limited editions.
The piece measures 40” inches x 44” inches and weighs approximately 118 pounds.