Authentic Piece Of The Original
1923 HOLLYWOOD Sign Reborn As A
Five Foot “H” Work Of Art
Depicting Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell
From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Is Up For Auction By Profiles In History
By Chris Harris
LOS ANGELES, CA(Hollywood Today)10/26/12/— Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that an authentic piece of the original 1923 “HOLLYWOOD” sign reborn as a five foot “H” work of art depicting Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by artist Bill Mack is going up for auction this December at Profiles in History. The piece will be a part of Profiles in History’s December 15 & 16 Hollywood Auction.
For nearly 90 years, the iconic Hollywood Sign has overlooked the birthplace of American Cinema and become a permanent cultural icon in the USA. In 1923, a prominent group of investors built the world’s largest sign for their new development property. The letters of the sign spelled “HOLLYWOODLAND”. In 1949, the City of Los Angeles agreed to preserve the sign and the last four letters were removed, and, for the first time, the sign simply spelled “HOLLYWOOD”. By 1978, the original Hollywood sign was in a state of disrepair. It was taken down and put into storage, to be replaced by the sign that stands in the Hollywood Hills today.
In 2007, renowned artist Bill Mack bought the historic sign and began infusing it with new life by transforming it into one-of-a-kind works of art. This stunning artwork, The Gentleman’s H, is a mixed media, acrylic and oil depiction of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell from the classic film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In its creation, three sections of the original Hollywood sign panels were first configured into a proportionally correct “H” and mounted on to metal tubing. Artwork measures 60 x 42 in. (outer frame dimensions are 68 x 50 in.) A remarkable piece of art created from one of the most recognized monuments of the 20th century, symbolizing the best from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
It is estimated to fetch $150,000 – $250,000.
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By Chris Harris
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