Marilyn Monroe was perhaps the most photographed women of yesteryear. Collecting key photos and other items has been ongoing for nearly 60 years now. And now Marilyn Monroe is getting her own digital NFT collection in the Metaverse.
Phto. has announced the upcoming release of “Innovation of Influence.” This is said to be a curated digital collection paying homage to Norma Jeane and the catalog features imagery taken by photographed by Richard C. Miller. Miller is said to be the only photographer who was able to photograph Marilyn Monroe from the start of her career all the way through the end of her career.
Phto.’s press release indicated that Miller’s Norma Jeane collection has been exhibited, collected, and sold by institutions such as the Getty Museum and Christie’s. It is said to feature rare images of Monroe that will be sold as digital NFT collectibles for the very first time. Photo below at PHTO.IO.
What the value of this collection will be is anyone’s guess. Cryptocurrency prices and NFT prices, which generally trade in Ethereum or other crypotocurrencies, have been very soft during the market turmoil throughout 2022. And for a reference, the website Alux lists the top 10 most expensive Marilyn Monroe memorabilia items and #1 on the list was her famous White Subway Dress at $4.6 million in a Debbie Reynolds memorabilia auction in Beverly Hills in 2011.
The rest of the Phto.io release has been provided verbatim below:
This iconic and incomparable collection includes both photographs and original negatives in which Miller captures Norma Jeane’s transformation from her early years as a shy and unknown 19-year-old rising talent and Armed Forces pinup to America’s beloved actress, singer, and generational-icon Marilyn Monroe.
Phto. has licensed nearly 100 of these rare photographs and negatives as Limited Edition and 1-of-1 Fine Art Photography NFTs that come complete with a first-of-its-kind, blockchain-native Certificate of Authenticity. Featuring stunning portraits of the would-be superstar as both an ambitious teenager and a Hollywood powerhouse, this vibrant mid-century digital collection will go live for sale on Friday, Oct. 14, on all reputable digital asset marketplaces at a price of approximately $100 USD each. View a preview of the collection at https://www.phto.io/normajeane.
Included within its limited-edition “Innovation of Influence” release, Phto. will also auction a series of 1-of-1 mixed-media and AI collaborations with five renowned Web3 creatives: Claire Silver, Jeremy Cowart, Sara Baumann (aka Sparky), Jeneva and Amber Vittoria. Each artist will place their signature style on a unique photograph from Miller’s collection, further amplifying and exemplifying the capabilities of fine art photography as a digital asset.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to honor Norma Jeane and Richard C. Miller’s legacies while also furthering the standard for digital ownership and provenance within the world of fine art photography,” said Phto. “It has been a privilege to curate the collection, and we’re elated to bring these rare, historic photographs to an audience of fine art enthusiasts and digital collectors around the globe.”