What's at Stake in the Upcoming Marilyn Monroe Auction
SOME SERIOUS LOVE LETTERS
Perhaps the most interesting items in the upcoming auction of Marilyn Monroe's personal effects – happening Dec. 6 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills – are letters from the Hollywood icon's many men. One, from third husband Arthur Miller, reads, "I have sinned, Marilyn, I am no better than you in any way. I can hate every man you were ever with but I can't hate you." Another includes his, ahem, private plans for her. And a third from second husband Joe DiMaggio begs for her to come home. Each is expected to sell for anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000.
HER FAVORITE COAT
Monroe could make anything look sexy – even this fawn-colored silk overcoat with a black velvet collar (expected to make up to $120,000). She wore it as a newlywed the day after she and Miller tied the knot in June 1956, on a famous road trip to their Roxbury, Connecticut, home. She was also seen wearing the coat when she left New York's Lenox Hill Hospital on June 26, 1959, after a much-publicized hospitalization.
THAT LITTLE BLACK DRESS
This is the sexy silk velvet dress that Monroe wore to a 1956 The Prince and the Showgirl press conference with costar Laurence Olivier in New York City, when her strap famously broke in front of a slew of photographers – forcing her to secure it with a safety pin. It's estimated to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000.
Ever the glamour girl, Monroe used this 1920s, silver-tone compact for touch-ups. The piece is expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000, probably because it still has her used puff and pressed powder inside.
Even though it's a costume piece, this Monroe-worn necklace – made of various gray, black and iridescent beads – could sell for up to $30,000.
BLACK VELVET OPERA COAT
Want to own Monroe's black velvet opera coat with three-quarter batwing sleeves and a shawl collar? It'll cost you at least $5,000 – or as much as $20,000.