Limited Runs is currently touring a special exhibit to display never before seen images of Hollywood’s original bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with the collections curator, Pierre Vudrag, who also founded Limited Runs, about Marilyn, what the sale of these photos means for collectors, and how he got into the business.
FTK: How did Limited Runs acquire the photos for the upcoming traveling exhibit?
Pierre Vudrag: The photos in collection were acquired in a couple of ways, from working directly with the photographer as in the case with the Visit Series, we met Len Steckler and immediately hit it off and began working with him to release photos as part of the traveling exhibit. We also worked other owners to include their images as part of the collection.
What’s your perspective on the cult-like obsession with this tragic Hollywood star?
Many people ask me what it is about Marilyn that still intrigues people, I believe that it was a couple of things, Marilyn’s genuine honesty and caring nature that oozes through every photograph. The other thing is that she just had that Charisma, the “It” factor.
What will this particular sale mean for Marilyn Monroe collectors?
This exhibit is an opportunity for people to see the actual historic color separation that we used to print one the Golden Dreams nude calendar, which is the most famous and best-selling pin-up calendars ever, and which was instrumental in turning Marilyn into a legend. The photo was also used in the first issue of Playboy magazine and help launched Hugh Hefner’s media empire.
Will Limited Runs be producing any posters/print art with these images?
Limited Runs is selling fine art prints of 27 rare or previously unseen photographs which are all available on our website as well as the traveling exhibits. We are also seeking a buyer for the 21 original color separations. We are not interested in splitting the color separations up but only in selling all 21 as one collection.
Please tell me a little bit about your business and how you choose what to feature/sell?
Limited Runs is the only independent seller of Original & Vintage Posters, Print Art and Photography.
We started the website because we are passionate art collectors who want to share the wonderful world of original vintage posters, print art and photography with a broad audience. We teamed up with some of the most reputable and trusted art and poster dealers around the world to bring our customers the best quality original vintage posters and limited edition print art and photography. We also believe that it is important to offer iconic images in addition to great works from a new generation of designers and artists.
Limited Runs currently have about 20,000 items for sale on the website.
How did you get into art collecting?
I went art school but pursued a career into music business, which led me to run a record company in the 90’s and then to television. In 2011 I decided to return to my passion and get back into art and came up with the idea of Limited Runs which we launched in January of 2014.
What’s your most prized piece?
I have many prized pieces but my favorite is an Italian Movie Poster for the film Man From Laramie. Also, the Marilyn Monroe photos are among my favorites but I have to many that I love to limit them in a list.
Please see below for full tour schedule of Marilyn Monroe exhibit.
6442 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1
Sarah Stocking Gallery
368 Jackson Street
San Francisco, California 94111
Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday, August 8
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15
The Study Chicago
1837 W Fulton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-2511
Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19
360 Design Gallery
104 Charlton Street
New York, NY
Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, September 27