Marilyn double-shot just the ticket for those who like it hot

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 December, 2007, 12:00am

There seems to be Marilyn-mania in Hong Kong tonight with two art exhibits showing rare and vintage photos of the Hollywood sex goddess.

At Schoeni Art Gallery's branch at 27 Hollywood Road, it is holding its first ever photo exhibit, Marilyn Monroe and America in the 1960s, by Lawrence Schiller. Although not exclusively about Monroe, the show includes some astonishing pictures, like a nude Marilyn wrapping herself in a towel after filming the pool scene from the never-completed Something's Got to Give. Schiller will be at the opening tonight after 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, club Q97 is displaying some never-before-seen pictures of the 1960s film icon by Eve Arnold. The event doubles as a fund-raiser for Aids Concern with one set of eight photos to be auctioned for the charity. Arnold has printed only 495 sets from the original negatives and just 10 are available in Hong Kong. Shockingly, the photographer will even destroy the negatives after selling all the numbered sets.

The starting price for the charity auctioned set is HK$55,000 (they are sold for HK$65,000). Organised by ArtLinks Asia, there will likewise be a champagne preview at the LKF bar at 7.30pm.

Bids are also being taken online at, but the hammer will be coming down this evening. The photos will be displayed for a week at the club. Individual prints are available for HK$6,859, but there's also a 160-page book for HK$500.