Seeking green for 'Red Velvets'

Ventura, Calif. � The "Red Velvet" photo collection depicting a nude Marilyn Monroe will go on sale once again.

After an unsuccessful attempt to auction the collection on eBay, Ventura photographer Tom Kelley Jr. says he is continuing his search for a buyer.

Kelley inherited the photos when his father died in 1984.

The collection includes six pictures of Monroe leaning against a red velvet curtain. Along with the photos come the intellectual property rights, which allow the buyer to use the images for trade and advertising.

The photos were on a 1952 pinup calendar and became Playboy magazine's first centerfold. They are credited with helping launch Monroe's career.

Kelley is seeking a minimum of $1.2 million.

Crooner immortalized in bronze

Shreveport, La. � Country singer George Jones was expecting just a few friends for his 71st birthday. He found himself surrounded by politicians, musicians, fans, media � and his own bronze likeness.

At a surprise party Friday at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Jones was presented with a 30-inch bronze statue of himself created by Montana artist Bill Rains.

"No nicer thing could be done for me," said Jones. "What a wonderful day. You've made my day."

The 30-inch sculpture of a guitar-carrying Jones smiling and waving was a model of a life-size statue Rains plans to make next year.

San Sebastian honors trio

Madrid � Spain's most important film festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary with lifetime achievement awards given to actors Dennis Hopper, Jessica Lange and Bob Hoskins.

The San Sebastian film festival will begin Thursday, with 10 days of screenings scheduled.

"Some actors are icons even if they don't want to be. Mythical figures concentrating the desires, frustrations, hopes and failures of a generation who see themselves reflected in them, who have grown up with them. Dennis Hopper is one of these people," organizers said.

Hopper's films include 1969's "Easy Rider" with Peter Fonda.

Lange will be recognized for her work in "King Kong," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Tootsie" and other films.

Hoskins is being honored for his real-life portrayals, including Nikita Khrushchev, Winston Churchill, Manuel Noriega and Benito Mussolini.

Great forehand, greater being

Honk Kong � The wealth and attention that come from being No. 1 in world rankings are great, but tennis star Serena Williams says God is above all in her life.

Asked which ranked first among her priorities � love, money, family or tennis, Williams picked none of the above.

"I'd rather say God goes in there first, and then family, and then career, and then money," she said Friday.

Then, with a laugh, she said there was no boyfriend in her life.

Williams was in Hong Kong for a tennis demonstration on Saturday. Next on her agenda is the Princess Cup in Tokyo.


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