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News indicated that the black and white picture of the screen goddess, which
she dedicated to an agent who helped her career, sold for 14,100, including
buyer's premium, at Christie's in South Kensington.
The estimate had been between 5500 and7000.
The photograph, taken in about 1949, was inscribed "To John, I love you,
my Dearest, Marilyn."
John Hyde was an influential Hollywood agent with the William Morris Agency
who first met Marilyn at Sam Spiegel's New Year's Eve party in 1948, when her
career was at a standstill. Hyde championed her cause and helped her find new
According to a biography of the star, Hyde was desperately in love with her.
But although she was fond of him, and grateful for his help, she did not reciprocate
IHe died in 1950 of a heart attack. That weekend, Marilyn had declined an invitation
to his Palm Springs home. Consequently she blamed herself for his death, which
led to a suicide attempt of her own the day after his funeral.
The portrait was bought by the William Morris Agency.