A Spanish collector is planning to auction a recently discovered film which he claims shows Marilyn Monroe having sex when she was still an underage actress known as Norma Jean Baker. However, an expert says the actress in the film is not Marilyn Monroe.
Collector Mikel Barsa said that he wants at least $500,000 for the sexually explicit six-and-a-half-minute, grainy black-and-white film, which he says was made before 1947, when Monroe was not even 21.
However, the 8-mm version of the film has sparked a controversy, as it shows the face of a woman looking considerably different from the Monroe, who emerged as a star later on.
A Monroe expert said the actress in the film is someone else, considerably heavier and less feminine than the legendary film star.
“That’s not Marilyn. The chin is not the same, the lips are not the same, the teeth are not the same,” the Telegraph quoted Scott Fortner as saying. “Marilyn was a tiny little thing. And I know that for a fact. I own her clothing,” he stated.
But Barsa said it’s an exact copy of a 16-mm film discovered more than a decade ago, and he had brokered a sale of that film to a European magazine in 1997, which he said in turn sold some 600,000 copies before a collector bought the original 16-mm reel for 1.2 million dollars.
“People with romantic notions have denied that it’s Marilyn Monroe, and have invented stories to raise doubts about the film,” he said in his Buenos Aires office.
“This film shows the real Marilyn Monroe - it was only later that the studios discovered her and transformed her,” he added.
Though the face of the woman in the film does not resemble Monroe exactly, it is somehow similar to the one seen in one of her first movies, 1949’s ‘Love Happy’, which shows the actress before she lost weight.