Marilyn Monroe collectibles

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Marilyn Monroe collectibles are collectible items relating to the American actress Marilyn Monroe.

Background

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) - born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptised Norma Jeane Baker – was an American actress, singer and model.

After a string of minor film appearances, by 1953 Monroe had progressed into leading roles. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955).

Legacy

Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has been cited as a pop and cultural icon.

Monroe did reportedly have an affair with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Senator Robert Kennedy.

She made her last significant public appearance, singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at a birthday party of President John F Kennedy at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962.

Possible proof of JFK and Monroe’s affair emerged on the collectors' markets: a gold Rolex watch believed to have been sent by Marilyn Monroe, inscribed "Jack, with love as always from Marilyn May 29th 1962." It was sold for $120,000.

Kennedy reportedly told a White House aide to "get rid of it".

Film career

  • 1947 Dangerous Years
  • 1948 Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!
  • 1948 Ladies of the Chorus
  • 1949 Love Happy
  • 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
  • 1950 Right Cross

  • 1950 The Fireball

  • 1950 The Asphalt Jungle
  • 1950 All About Eve
  • 1951 Love Nest
  • 1951 Let's Make It Legal
  • 1951 Home Town Story
  • 1951 As Young as You Feel
  • 1952 O. Henry's Full House
  • 1952 Monkey Business
  • 1952 Clash by Night
  • 1952 We're Not Married!
  • 1952 Don't Bother to Knock

  • 1953 Niagara

  • 1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • 1953 How to Marry a Millionaire
  • 1954 River of No Return
  • 1954 There's No Business Like Show Business
  • 1955 The Seven Year Itch
  • 1956 Bus Stop
  • 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
  • 1959 Some Like It Hot
  • 1960 Let's Make Love
  • 1961 The Misfits
  • 1962 Something's Got to Give (Unfinished)

After her death (1962-)

On August 8, 1962, Monroe was interred in a crypt at Corridor of Memories #24 at Los Angeles’s Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

In August 2009, the crypt space directly above that of Monroe was auctioned on eBay. Seller Elsie Poncher planned to exhume her husband and move him to an adjacent plot and advertised the crypt hoping "to make enough money to pay off the $1.6 million mortgage" on her Beverly Hills mansion.

The winning bid was placed by an anonymous Japanese man for $4.6 million, but the winning bidder later backed out "because of the paying problem".

The crypt space immediately to the left of Monroe's was bought and reserved by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in 1992.

Notable Marilyn Monroe collectibles

Art

Andy Warhol's artwork 1962 Marilyn sold for $4,450,000 in November 2010. The acrylic and silkscreen on linen, from the collection of Robert Shapazian, was auctioned by Christie's Art department New York with an estimate of $4,000,000-6,000,000.

Jewellery

Marilyn's eternity band appeared at a Christie's auction in October 1999.

The platinum band set with thirty-five baguette-cut diamonds (one diamond missing), was given to Marilyn by Joe DiMaggio after their 1954 wedding. The jewellery ring was estimated at $30,000-50,000 before selling for $700,000.

Main article: List of notable jewellery

Memorabilia

At the same Christie's October 1999 sale a 4 page May 19, 1962 invitiation programme for "Happy Birthday, Mr. President. New York's Birthday Salute to President Kennedy" Madison Square Garden, 4 pages sold for $115,000 against an estimate of $10,000 - 15,000

In June 2010, three X-rays of Marilyn Monroe’s chest were sold for a grand total of $45,000 at a Movie Memorabilia auction in Las Vegas. The X-rays were originally taken from a Hospital visit in 1954, when Monroe was 28. The x-rays carried an auction estimate of $3,000.

Main article: List of notable film memorabilia

Musical instruments

Mariah Carey paid $662,500 for a piano owned by Marilyn Monroe because she identified so closely with the legendary star. The musical instrument now occupies space at Carey's newly remodeled penthouse in New York City.

Carey explained at the time:

"I could have gotten the 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' dress or whatever, but that would have represented Marilyn Monroe's stardom. The piano belonged to her mother and was a piece of her childhood."

Mariah Carey has also decorated one of her bathrooms with photographs of the star and other Monroe memorabilia.

Postage stamps

On June 1 1995, the U.S. Postal Service released a collectible postage stamp that began its Legends of Hollywood commemorative stamps series. Marilyn was featured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp.

Vintage clothing

Marilyn's full length evening sheath dress of flesh colored souffle gauze encrusted with graduated rhinestones embroidered in a rosette motif sold for $1,150,000 at Christie's in October 1999.

The dress was worn by Marilyn Monroe at the famous birthday tribute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden where she sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President" on May 19, 1962.

It's also known that Marilyn had her hair cut that afternoon by her personal hairdresser Robert Freeman Champion at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. It's known that Mr Champion kept the hair in his personal collection for many years. It's current location is unknown.

Notable collectors

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