Monroe and DiMaggio The Ties That Bind This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com Rosemary McKittrick focuses on the history behind the art, antiques and collectibles sold at auction in her weekly syndicated column. Visit the site. Sign up for a free weekly subscription.
News-Antique.com - Mar 09,2011 - Marilyn Monroe was two hours late for her first date with baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. He waited patiently at an Italian restaurant on Sunset Strip in March of 1952.
The actress was hesitant that night expecting to meet a loud, sporty jock. What she encountered was a modest gentleman in a gray suit and tie. Had she not known he was a baseball player, the actress would have guessed Joe was a steel magnate or congressman.
They married on short notice at San Francisco City Hall on Jan. 14, 1954. Adjusting to married life was hard for both of them. Joe’s legendary career ended just as Marilyn’s peaked and he didn’t appreciate being upstaged by his wife. They were in very different places in life.
He wanted a wife, not an actress. It wasn’t long before Marilyn realized she couldn’t have both a career and a private life with Joe. The couple divorced in October 1954, nine months after their marriage.
After the divorce Joe remained a strong, protective figure in Marilyn’s life and she turned to him when she was in trouble up until the time of her death.
On Nov. 13, Hunt Auctions featured a Marilyn Monroe autographed photo to Joe DiMaggio in its Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction. The sepia tone, 8 inch by 10 inch photo of a reclining Marilyn sold for $63,250. Across the front was the inscription “I love you Joe, Marilyn.”
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