February 5, 2010


It was a December afternoon in 1961 that photographer Len Stickler photographed two American icons, Marilyn Monroe and author/poet Carl Sandburg. Marilyn was apparently three hours late for her visit because she was at her hairdresser trying to match her hair-color to Carl's. Carl Sandburg was 83 and Marilyn Monroe was 35. And, as the afternoon passed... a deep bond was formed between them. Sadly, Monroe would die just eight months later. Today, Len Stickler's photographs of this remarkable afternoon visit go on sale. I found a Sandburg poem that he could have written for Marilyn.


YOUR white shoulders
I remember
And your shrug of laughter.

Low laughter
Shaken slow
From your white shoulders.

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