The iconic Hollywood sign has sat atop the star studded area since the early 1920s, and now the original “H” has been incorporated into a unique piece of Marilyn Monroe-themed artwork.
The sign was first erected in 1923 and originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND”, as an advertisement for a residential development in the Hollywood Hills area. Intended to last for just a year and a half, it gained international recognition and the decision was made to keep the sign.
The letter H from the sign was famously destroyed, after its caretaker, Albert Kothe, drunkenly drove his car through it in the early 1940s. The letter has now been transformed into a brilliant piece of art.
Created by Bill Mack, The Gentleman’s H is a mixed media, acrylic and oil work depicting Hollywood’s favourite leading ladies Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It features three sections of the original sign panel, which have been reconstructed to a proportionally correct version of the complete letter, and mounted on to metal tubing.
With an image of the iconic sign serving as the background, it is expected to sell for $150,000-250,000.