The star's personal items were auctioned off in Beverly Hills

By Catherine Kast
December 07, 2014 01:30 PM
AP

Some really do like it hot.

Marilyn Monroe’s love letters and personal items sold for sky high prices Saturday when Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills put pieces of celebrity history up for auction.

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As part of its Icons & Idols series, the auction house offered an array of items ranging from James Bond memorabilia and a nude sculpture made by Farrah Fawcett to a slice of Prince William and Kate‘s wedding cake. Among the most spectacular were sales from the “Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe.”

A love letter from Joe DiMaggio to the screen siren after she said she was divorcing him went for $78,125, while a letter to Arthur Miller from the star pulled in $43,750.

Part of a three-page handwritten letter from Joe DiMaggio to Marilyn Monroe
Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

Her black velvet opera coat went for $93,760, and one of her pendant necklaces drew in $34,375. But items that the public didn’t see were just as intriguing to fans. Monroe’s white lacy brassiere sold for $20,000, her small lip brush for $10,000 and a makeup compact for $46,875.

Marilyn Monroe's bra
Courtesy Julien s Auctions

One of the most surprising items was a piece of the 8-tier wedding cake from the 2011 royal wedding, which pulled in $7,500. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Gee Chuang (who founded the online marketplace Listia) took home that treat.

Marilyn Monroe's necklace and compact
Courtesy Julien s Auctions

But the biggest ticket item in the sale was the Monroe’s silk coat, sold for $1750,000, with the burgundy Caroline Charles coat dress that Princess Diana wore while carrying a young William at the Aberdeen airport coming in at second for a cool $125,000.

Princess Diana's coat
Bob Thomas/Getty; Inset: Courtesy Julien's Auctions

Reporting by LIZ McNEIL

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