Discover the 10 most intimate items of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia June 1st would have been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday.
To celebrate, Wikicollecting.org have put together a list of the 10 most intimate items relating to Marilyn to have sold at auction...
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.
9) Bra - £9,500
A bra from the professional wardrobe of Marilyn Monroe was sold by Paul Fraser Collectibles for £9,500 in 2010.
The mesh and lace 36DS bra is boned, rather than underpinned, as was the tradition at the time.
The lace section of the bra is attached by poppers making it removable for a more risqué appearance.
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, outlining 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.”
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.”
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.
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