Sex tapes are now a part of pop culture. Kim Kardashian can credit her career to a sex tape. Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson shot to higher heights of fame because of a honeymoon sex tape. But, when it comes to a purported sex tape of one of America's first sex symbols, Marilyn Monroe, no one is buying.
Spanish memorabilia collector Mikel Barsa put the short film up for auction in Buenos Aires at the Borges Cultural Center asking a starting price of $480,000.
Barsa told The Associated Press that it is still possible he could sell the film to a buyer from Denver he declined to identify, but the price would be about half the opening bid he had requested.
A threatened suit from the Monroe estate, however, have given him second thoughts about going through with the sale, he told the AP.
Since Barsa announced the auction, experts in the screen legend have questioned whether the young woman in the film really is Norma Jean Baker.
Barsa told the AP that the scratchy, black-and-white six-minute film shows the young actress before her Hollywood breakthrough. The report says the film may have been shot around 1946 or 1947, when she was "poor and desperate to break into show business.
The problem with old sex tapes is that the stars usually aren't around to prove they're actually in it.
Scott Fortner, a blogger and Monroe expert who has collected several of her items like clothing, childhood possessions and an array of the star's memorabilia, shared a series of pictures with ABCNews.com where he pointed out the differences between Monroe and the woman in the film.
"For me the main aspect is the widow's peak," Fortner said. "The woman in the film has a straight hair line; Marilyn has always had her widow's peak."
He added that there is an inconsistency with Barsa's timeline with regards to when the film was made.