Lot 925: Bank check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Monroe, payable to Schwab's Pharmacy for $8.80, May 13, 1953. In very good condition, with expected cancellation holes (affecting portions of her first name) and dampstaining with some bleeding to ink in the body of the check. Schwab's Pharmacy was a gathering place for Hollywood's movers and shakers; Judy Garland, Orson Welles, Clark Gable, and the Marx Brothers were among those known to frequent the establishment. Young hopefuls also converged on the drug store for the chance to rub shoulders with these celebrities and catch their 'big break'—and Monroe was no exception. According to The Unabridged Marilyn (1987), she was lunching there in 1949 when she learned about auditions for a bit part in the Marx Brothers comedy Love Happy, a role she went on to book. Around the time of this check Monroe had begun dating Joe DiMaggio, and two of her greatest films—How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—were released in 1953.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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