Marilyn Monroe Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Artist Proof 002 Limited Edition Bronze.
This bronze 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 bronze produced. The production of the bronze range will be limited to 20-40 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.
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.
The life-size “Artist proof 002” of the first limited edition set of bronze casts, from the original mold taken from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
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.
The bronzes are cast at a local artisan foundry which specializes in investment grade high silicon bronze art.
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 20-40 bronze limited editions.
The piece measures 3 feet x 3½ feet and weighs approximately 109 pounds.