Top 10: Intimate Marilyn Monroe memorabilia
1) Burial vault above Marilyn’s - $4.6 million
It was sold by Elsie Poncher, whose husband’s body previously occupied the vault in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Ms. Poncher stated that her husband would be moved sideways to a neighbouring plot to make way for a new occupant.
In 1992, Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy magazine, purchased the vault next to Marilyn’s for $75,000.
The Westwood Village Memorial Park is also the final resting place of Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Truman Capote and Farrah Fawcett.
2) Video of Marilyn smoking cannabis - £165,250
In 2009, a video showing Marilyn Monroe smoking cannabis was sold for £165,250.
The video, which is thought to originate from 1958 or 1959, was filmed by a friend of Marilyn’s who confirmed that “I got it (the pot). It was mine. It was just passed around. It was not a party. It was just a get-together. You know, come over and hang out.”
3) Dog photographs - $222,500
It is not known who took the photographs of the dog but they are known to have been taken in Marilyn’s house and it is possible that Marilyn herself took them.
4) Bathrobe - $120,000
A Bathrobe owned by Marilyn Monroe was sold to a private collector for $120,000 by Julien’s Auctions in 2009.
It is believed that the bathrobe is the last thing Marilyn wore before she died in 1962.
5) Artwork inscribed to JFK - $78,000
The inscription on the painting reads “Happy Birthday Pres. Kennedy from Marilyn Monroe” in blue ink. In black ink below this, Marilyn has written "Happy Birthday June 1, 1962/My Best Wishes/Marilyn/Marilyn." It is unknown why she signed her name twice.An original watercolour painting of a single red rose by Marilyn Monroe was sold by Julien’s Auctions in June 2005 for $78,000.
June 1 1962 was Marilyn’s 36th and final birthday. It was also her last day of working on “Something’s Got to Give” and was her final public appearance before her death on August 5 that year.
6) X-Rays - $45,000
In June 2010, three lots of x-rays of Marilyn’s were sold by Julien’s Auctions for a total of $45,000.
Sold as three separate lots, the x-rays of Marilyn’s chest fetched the highest price of $25,000.
The x-rays were taken at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Florida where Marilyn had surgery for endometriosis in November 1954.
7) Personal letter - $43,125
In December 1998, a letter from Marilyn to her legal guardian was sold by Sotheby’s for $43,125.
The letter, signed Norma Jean, was written when Marilyn was just sixteen. In the letter, she asks her legal guardian, Grace McKee Goddard, about the possibility of meeting her biological father.
The letter reads, in part “Oh Gracie, you just can't imagine how excited I am, to think I am really going to see him at last. Golly I just hope that he will want to see me. I think he might though, after he gets used to the idea.”
8) Wedding Ketubah - $35,000
Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe’s ketubah from their 1956 wedding was sold by Profiles in History in 2011 for $35,000. The document is traditionally a special Jewish prenuptial agreement, outlinging the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride.
In part it reads “"I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine. No man without woman; no woman without man; and neither without God.”
9) Bra - £9,500
The mesh and lace 36DS bra is boned, rather than underpinned, as was the tradition at the time.A bra from the professional wardrobe of Marilyn Monroe was sold by Paul Fraser Collectibles for £9,500 in 2010.
The lace section of the bra is attached by poppers making it removable for a more risqué appearance.
10) Hair - £49.95
Online celebrity hair retailer, A Small Piece of History, is selling 1/16th” pieces of Marilyn’s hair for £49.95.
The hair originates from Saturday May 19 1962 when Marilyn famously sang Happy Birthday Mr President to John F Kennedy during his 45th birthday celebrations at Madison Square Gardens.
Earlier that day Marilyn visited her hairdresser Robert Freeman Champion at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. The hair being offered by A Small Piece of History was cut from Marilyn’s head that day and originates from Champion’s personal collection.
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