A 15-minute film of Marilyn Monroe engaging in oral sex with an unidentified man will be kept from public view by a New York businessman who has bought it for $1.5 million, the broker of the deal has said.
Memorabilia collector Keya Morgan said he arranged the sale of the silent, black-and-white film from the son of a dead FBI informant who possessed it, to a wealthy Manhattan businessman who wants to protect Monroe’s privacy. “The gentleman who bought it said he’s not going to put it on the Internet and try to exploit her,” Morgan said. The tape was sold on Monday. Monroe is clothed and the man’s head remains out of the frame.
She was rumoured to have had an affair with US President John F Kennedy, and Morgan said then FBI director J Edgar Hoover, a Kennedy rival, went to great lengths to try to prove it was Kennedy in the film.
“The FBI agent I interviewed said Hoover was obsessed. A team of nine individuals were analysing the tape inside a lab. Hoover brought in a few prostitutes who allegedly had been with President Kennedy and they tried to ... see if that was really President Kennedy.”
One of Monroe’s ex-husbands, the late baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, once tried to buy it from the collector for $25,000 but he would not part with it.