Rare print of Marilyn Monroe remains unsold in Vancouver auction

A close up of the rare print, expected to fetch $60,000.
A close up of the rare print, expected to fetch $60,000. Global News

VANCOUVER – A rare print of Marilyn Monroe, which was initially bought  for $38,000, failed to meet the reserve price and remains unsold at an auction in Vancouver.

An East Vancouver man, who wants to remain anonymous, had the print for more than 30 years.

It was taken in 1957 during a shoot by famed photographer Richard Avedon and shows Monroe looking tired and vulnerable.

A rare print of Marilyn Monroe sells for $38,000 in auction. Asa Rehman | Global News

The current owner won it in a raffle back in 1983 and only paid $5 for the ticket. There are only 25 copies in this size around the world.

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The print was expected to sell for up to $60,000. In 1995 it was appraised at $15,000.

“It’s a point in time,” said Kate Bellringer from Maynards Fine Art & Antiques. “Contemporary art often speaks to a point in time and it’s a piece of history.”

WATCH: Global National’s Robin Gill reports on the print before the auction:

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