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Vegas Man Spends 4 Months Authenticating Madonna 'Sex' Photo


A Las Vegas man and his wife spent four months 'authenticating' a lost photo of Marilyn Monroe he had found in storage at his home, called in a Monroe expert who made a positive identification, and scheduled a news conference, only to be told that it was a well-known Steven Meisel photo from Madonna's 1992 Sex book.

"Lawrence Nicastro, 73, said he found the grainy, poster-size photo last year while going through storage items at his home in Las Vegas. He believed it had been left by a customer at his service station in the Bronx in 1962. Nicastro and his wife, Phyllis, said they had spent about four months researching the origin of the photograph and called in Chris Harris, a publicist and Monroe expert, for help authenticating it. Harris said it was a dead ringer for Monroe and scheduled a Wednesday news conference to unveil the image to reporters. The two men gave The Associated Press a sneak peak Tuesday. 'You're right; it's Madonna,' Harris said after being told of the mix-up. Harris said he believed someone had slipped the poster into Nicastro's storage as a prank. 'If there ever was an embarrassing moment,' he said, adding that he planned to go ahead with the news conference to 'face the music.'"

In related news, it appears that Madonna, whose critics scoffed when she announced plans to release a 'coffee table' sex book at a time when the market didn't have the appetite for such a product, may be set to go the unconventional route again with the release of her film Filth & Wisdom.

Variety reports that its first availability in the U.S. and U.K. may be online. Said Madonna: "I've been speaking to iTunes about releasing it through them. I want the most amount of people to see it as possible. ... I don't like to do anything conventionally."

Check out clips of the film here.

(Uncensored shot here NSFW obviously)

Madonna's Filth & Wisdom Debuts in Berlin - CLIPS [tr]
Madonna's Directorial Debut Boasts Filth, Wisdom, Large Mustache [tr]

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  1. Sheesh. Didn't they notice the models of the cars in the background?

    Posted by: SH | Feb 20, 2008 9:02:13 AM


    Posted by: PHIL GRAY | Feb 20, 2008 9:15:23 AM


    Posted by: PHIL GRAY | Feb 20, 2008 9:17:17 AM

  4. Or the fact that Monroe was an absolute pig (fat) compared to Madonna?

    Posted by: shane | Feb 20, 2008 9:20:40 AM

  5. Best story ever!

    These people are so stupid, but that was the funniest read here in a long time. How humiliating would it have been to go through with the press conference, and then find out the truth?

    Madonna really needs to find out about this one. Haha!

    Posted by: michael | Feb 20, 2008 9:23:45 AM

  6. what a Maroon !!

    Posted by: A.J. | Feb 20, 2008 10:00:41 AM

  7. As SH already pointed out, how stupid can you be not to notice that the cars in the photo are all new. I see a BMW SUV. And as marilyn died in 1962 that would make this pretty obvious. Jeez~!

    Posted by: jackass idiot | Feb 20, 2008 12:03:43 PM

  8. BMW SUVs didn't exist in 1992.

    Posted by: Silverfeast | Feb 20, 2008 12:11:03 PM

  9. When I first read about this on Monday I thought, "It sounds like it's the Madonna SEX photo." I'll cut the guy some slack because not everyone has been enthralled with everything Madonna has done. Now, that "expert" is another story.

    Posted by: stan | Feb 20, 2008 12:51:14 PM

  10. This just underscores the importance for every heterosexual person to have at least one homosexual in their lives to keep them from doing stupid things like wearing Keds after the age of 12, playing 'YMCA' at one's wedding reception, voting for George W. Bush or mistaking Madonna for Marilyn.

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 20, 2008 1:52:45 PM

  11. Oh my lordie, Peter, so true about YMCA, and the last wedding I attended they actually played "Vogue" and 50 year-old white women (oops, that's Madonna) were prancing around the dance floor! AAAGGH!

    Posted by: jmg | Feb 20, 2008 8:28:43 PM

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