The screen icon's most personal letters, mementos and photos will go on the block in December
Sexting wouldn’t be invented for another half-century. But that didn’t stop Arthur Miller from expressing some rather explicit long-distance passion for Marilyn Monroe.
In the months before the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Death of a Salesman wed the screen siren, then the most famous star in the world, he was head over heels in love with her – and then some.
In a racy, never-before-seen letter he mailed to her on April 30, 1956, he writes that when they are back together again and she awakens next to him, “I will kiss you and hold you close to me and sensational things will then happen. All sorts of slides, rollings, pitchings, rambunctiousness of every kind. And then I will sigh. And when you rest your head on my shoulder, then slowly I will get HUNGRY.”
He goes on to say, “I will come again to the kitchen, pretending you are not there and discover you again. And as you stand there cooking breakfast, I will kiss your neck and your back and the sweet cantaloupes of your rump and the backs of your knees and turn you about and kiss your breasts and the eggs will burn.”
He also says he will “make love to her” by a nearby lake and other places he had “been prospecting and driving myself absolutely nuts.”
This lustful letter – along with other lovestruck missives Miller, her third and final husband, sent to her – are part of the “Lost Archive of Marilyn Monroe,” a collection of 200 of her most personal correspondence, mementos and photos that she kept until her death at age 36 in August 1962. These and 100 other Monroe-related items will go on the block Dec. 6 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.
“What you see in these is that she had tremendous love in her life,” Martin Nolan of Julien’s tells PEOPLE. “We always hope she had love or wondered if she had it. She didn t have it as a child. She craved love. This is evidence that she had it with Arthur Miller and that she had it with Joe DiMaggio.”
Indeed, in a heartbreaking Oct. 9, 1954, letter from Yankee legend DiMaggio, her second husband, he begs her to come back home three days after she announced to the world that she was divorcing him.
“Marilyn, I keep reading reports about you being sick and naturally I’m concerned I love you and want to be with you. There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me so that I can help you regain your once healthy self.
“My heart split even wider seeing you cry in front of all these people and looking as though you were ready to collapse at any second.”
He ends the letter by saying, “I can tell you, I love you, sincerely – way deep in my heart, irregardless of anything. Will you call me tonight if you should receive this letter by then? It will be happily received.”
Says Nolan, “It’s such a heartfelt, honest letter. Of course he wants her back but his first and number one concern unselfishly is her welfare. He is worried about her. That’s a true love there.”
Also at the Auction
Also on the block is a letter from Monroe’s Monkey Business costar Cary Grant, a birthday card from Marlon Brando and a 10-page letter from her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes costar Jane Russell.
In the letter, Russell writes from Paris, “Dear Little One,” saying that it’s none of her “damn business” but expresses her concern for Monroe in the wake of her marriage troubles with DiMaggio. She calls him a “good man” and tells Monroe to rely on religion to get through this trying time. She ends the letter by saying, “I love you very dearly and I don’t want you to be unhappy ever.”
Among Monroe’s personal possessions up for sale is her 1920s compact, with the powder and powder puff still intact, a gold-toned mascara tube, her bra and garter belt and prescription bottles.
One of the highlights of the sale is the black velvet dress Monroe wore to a 1956 press conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York City for The Prince and the Showgirl with her costar Laurence Olivier when the strap famously broke and she was forced to secure it with a safety pin.
The dress is expected to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000.
For more on the auction, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday