Marilyn Monroe items to be auctioned to mark 96th birthday

Marilyn Monroe’s birthday is definitely something to celebrate.

The Hollywood icon would have turned 96 on June 1st and to celebrate this milestone Julien’s Auction is selling her personal belongings and memorabilia.

Fans can bid on items such as their film costumes, jewelry, photographs, handwritten notes, files and other relics from their lives and careers.

In partnership with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the auction, titled Hollywood Legends, will be held July 15-17 in Beverly Hills, California.

The collection includes memorabilia from famous Monroe films such as How To Marry A Millionaire, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, Bus Stop, Let’s Make Love. and “The Outsiders”.

Monroe's dress and headpiece, designed by William
Monroe’s Gentleman Prefer Blondes dress and headpiece, designed by William “Billy” Travilla, is priced at $80,000.
Julien’s Auctions

Items up for auction include her black satin sequined leotard she wore in the 1953 comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and her pale pink silk blouse she wore in 1960’s Let’s Make Love.

The blonde bombshell’s 19th-century style bodice from a 1956 Jack Cardiff photo session will also be sold to the highest bidder.

Marilyn Monroe
Some of Monroe’s clothing items that are sold out are her bras and swimsuits.
Julien’s Auctions

Handwritten notes Monroe wrote during her film sessions and acting classes will go for a pretty penny.

Marilyn Monroe
Letters written by Monroe in 1955 and 1962 will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions next month.
Julien’s Auctions
Marilyn Monroe
An original contract Monroe signed with MCA Artists (a talent agency) will be auctioned.
Julien’s Auctions

A pair of Napier gold-tone floral basket earrings with faceted crystal beads that Monroe donned during How To Marry A Millionaire is even up for auction.

Marilyn Monroe
Several black and white snaps from her career go for $100 to $200.
Julien’s Auctions
Marilyn Monroe
The actress’ beauty products such as her perfume and false eyelashes are among the items sold.
Julien’s Auctions
Marilyn Monroe
A photograph of Monroe, signed by famed cinematographer Cecil Beaton, will be available for an estimated price of $2,000.
Julien’s Auctions

Also included are notes from her time at the renowned Actors Studio, the exercises she undertook with acclaimed acting coach Lee Strasberg, and her 1958 AFTRA card.

Marilyn Monroe
Vintage photo negatives from 1953 will find their way into the hands of one lucky fan for between $1,000 and $2,000.
Julien’s Auctions
Marilyn Monroe
The ivory umbrella that Monroe used for a 1949 photo shoot is also up for bid.
Julien’s Auctions

Even several of Monroe and her husband Arthur Miller’s financial and tax documents will be displayed and auctioned off. The documents date from 1957 to 1960 and describe the couple’s investments and bookkeeping.

Marilyn Monroe
An original manuscript from photographer Andre De Dienes’ illustrated book on Monroe is also being auctioned for $2,000 to $3,000.
Julien’s Auctions

“Marilyn Monroe will forever live on as the quintessential Hollywood legend whose historical and cultural influence will continue to be celebrated into the next millennium and beyond,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, in a statement.

Marilyn Monroe
One of the blonde bombshell’s costumes will cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
Julien’s Auctions

“On this special occasion of Marilyn Monroe’s 96th birthday celebrations, Julien’s Auctions and TCM are honored to present this glamorous and personal collection of over 100 items, comprising a wide range of artifacts from her famous film roles and personal items, which paint an intimate portrait of their bright lives and passions,” he continued.

Marilyn Monroe
Monroe’s swimsuit from the 1951 romance film Let’s Make It Legal.
Julien’s Auctions
Marilyn Monroe
Many of the screen star’s Life magazine covers will cost an estimated $300.
Julien’s Auctions

“Marilyn is one of the most recognized stars around the world, and we know fans love watching her movies on TCM,” said Pola Changnon, general manager of TCM. “By partnering with Julien’s Auctions, they now have the opportunity to own these unique items.”

Marilyn Monroe
A chair used in one of Monroe’s recent photo sessions is being auctioned for between $8,000 and $10,000.
Julien’s Auctions

The auction house now also accepts payments with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin and USD Coin.

Leave a Comment