Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's marriage certificate up for sale
The original marriage certificate issued to Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio will be offered for sale at Goldin Auctions this month.
The document, which remained in DiMaggio's personal collection until his death in 1999, is expected to fetch more than $75,000 when it hits the auction block on May 20.
The marriage certificate lists Monroe under her real name of Norma Jeane Dougherty, and is signed by California Municipal Court Judge Charles S. Peery who presided over the wedding.
It still remains inside the original court envelope, in which DiMaggio kept it safe for almost 50 years until his death in 1999.
The relationship between the screen icon and the baseball star remains one of the most famous romances in American cultural history.
The pair initially met in 1952, when DiMaggio asked a friend to set him up with Monroe, then an up-and-coming young actress.
They were at the opposite ends of their respective careers. DiMaggio had just retired from baseball with a stack of records and nine World Series titles under his belt; Monroe was on the verge of stardom, with three films in the can which would catapult her into the big time.
After a two-year courtship Monroe and DiMaggio were married during a small ceremony in San Francisco. Although they had quietly eloped, the press were waiting, having been tipped off by a film studio employee, and mobbed them as they left the registry office.
During the next nine months they fought constantly, with DiMaggio jealous and unhappy about his new wife's role as a silver screen sex symbol.
Monroe eventually filed for divorce in October 1954, a mere 274 days after they were married, and accused her husband of "mental cruelty".
Despite their turbulent marriage, the pair remained close for the rest of Monroe's life, and years later they were believed to be on the verge of reconciliation, when she died from an accidental drug overdose in August 1962.
DiMaggio was the one to claim her body and arrange her private funeral. For the next 20 years he had a dozen red roses sent to her grave three times a week, and on his deathbed in 1999, having never remarried, his last words were "I finally get to see Marilyn".
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