As the world has seen in recent months, the end of a person's life does not mean the end of that persona's earning potential. Michael Jackson's estate, now held in trust, is said to be flush. It's been revived by the attachment of his name to myriad entertainment productions. Estate planning attorneys in New Jersey know this is one of the values that can be realized through trusts.
Marilyn Monroe is another celebrity who serves as a possible money maker, even though she's been dead nearly 50 years. One might think that the supply of never-before-seen photos of this glamorous star would have run dry ages ago. Not so.
Entertainment tabloids around the world are picking up on the fact that a whole new set of pictures taken by Monroe's long-time friend and makeup artist Allan 'Whitey' Snyder, will be auctioned off in Beverley Hills during a two-day sale this weekend. Included in the archive offering are candid photos Snyder took of the 28-year-old Monroe on the sets of a whole string of her feature films. There are also letters, other documents and an engraved money clip that was given to Snyder by Monroe as a gift.
There's no clear estimate of what all the wares might go for, but one British tabloid suggests it should bring in "thousands of pounds."
Snyder died in 1994. The pictures and other items have remained in the possession of his estate ever since and it's his estate's trust that is expected to be the main beneficiary of the sale.
Source: The Daily Mail, "Unseen Marilyn Monroe Part II: Platinum blonde plays up for the camera as she relaxes before film shoot," Tom Gardner, March 29, 2012