Marilyn Monroe’s last signed cheque to star at auction

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Marilyn Monroe’s last signed cheque to star at auction

3 Jul 2012, 10:06 GMT+01

Heritage Auctions have announced details of their upcoming Entertainment & Music Memorabilia signature auction on July 24th. The headline acts are set to be an Academy Award from 1947, presented to the inventor of the first American film projector, and the last cheque that Marilyn Monroe ever signed, likely the last signature she ever gave.

The 1947 Academy Award was presented to film pioneer Thomas Armat. Armat invented the Phantascope in 1895, an early film projector. He sold the patent to Thomas Edison, and worked with him to refine the model into the Edison Vitascope. This invention allowed the new medium of moving pictures to be brought to a world-wide audience.

The Academy Award was presented to Armat in recognition of his contributions to the film business as a movie pioneer just a year before he died. It has been consigned to Heritage by his descendents, and is expected to fetch upwards of $60,000.

The last cheque ever signed by actress Marilyn Monroe, presumed the last signature she ever made, is dated the day before her death, August 4th, 1962. The cheque is made out for $228.80, payment for a white chest of drawers from Pilgrim’s Furniture.

Director of Entertainment and Music auctions at Heritage Margaret Barrett muses that this purchase raises some intriguing questions: ‘what does it suggest, if anything, about her death, which was ruled a probable suicide at the time?’ The questions the cheque invokes make this item of memorabilia even more fascinating. It is expected to sell for $10,000 or more. Other Monroe items, including signed photographs, clothes, and previously unseen negatives, will also be offered.

Items dating from the last decade of Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland’s life are expected to see real interest. A personal diary, circa 1960, provides a ‘fascinating, compelling and sad look into the troubled life of a great talent’. It includes details of her personal and business life, and references to pills and medicine she was taking. Considering her death in 1969 from a drug overdose, this is a tragic and fascinating insight into her mindset just years previously, and is valued at $4,000.

Another item relating to Garland is her make-up case, sewing basket and travel mirror, filled with numerous items of make-up and perfume, valued at $3,000.

From Superman “Kryptonite” props and King Kong concept drawings to Johnny Cash’s black suit, Beatles memorabilia and Whitney Houston evening gowns, the July 24th sale is packed to the gills with celebrity, music and film memorabilia, something for every kind of entertainment collector.

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