Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Marilyn Monroe's Intimate Belongings are Up for Auction

Three major collections of Marilyn Monroe ephemera are coming together on the 17th of November in a once-in-a-lifetime sale held by Julien’s auctions. Many of the items have been preserved exactly as they were found when Monroe died of a drug overdose in 1962, at the age of 36.

A two-page, typed plan titled “Calorie Restricted Diet/ 1000 Calories/ 100 Grams Protein” prepared for Monroe by Dr. Leon Krohn. The diet put forth presents sound health advice even by today’s standards, recommending the restriction of sugar, fats and carbohydrates to whole wheat and “one small white potato boiled baked or riced” as a substitution for one slice of bread. Find an enlarged version on page 60 of the catalogue.
A jade green embellished satin leotard worn by Marilyn Monroe while singing “That Old Black Magic” in a saloon scene in Joshua Logan’s Bus Stop (up to $100K).
A Marilyn Monroe signed United States Department of Defense Identification Card used in 1954 while in Korea. The card is issued to Norma Jeane DiMaggio, her position listed as “USO Entertainer,” and the card is dated February 8, 1954, serial number 129278, with a black and white photograph of Monroe in the upper left corner. Monroe signed the card in blue ink “Norma Jeane DiMaggio.” It is additionally signed by the issuing officer. Monroe’s fingerprints have been stamped on the back of the card and her descriptive information typed. ($10,000-$20,000).

Julien’s live Marilyn Monroe auction takes place on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Browse the catalogues.

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