2022 appears to have been Marilyn Monroe’s year, and it’s not quite over yet.
A number of the screen icon’s personal belongings will be auctioned again, that is, if Kim Kardashian don’t get your hands on it first. Julien’s Auctions and TCM Present: Icons & Idols Hollywood are teaming up to offer fans the opportunity to own 175 items formerly owned by Monroe at an auction taking place December 17th and 18th both in person and online. One of the most coveted -after pieces in the collection is sure to be a handwritten letter from Charles Stanley Gifford, the man recently proven by DNA testing to be the actor’s father.
A press release announcing the sale said, “This map is the only known physical artifact that establishes a connection or communication between Gifford and his famous daughter.” It went on to say that they believe Gifford acquired the map personally delivered to the movie star while she was in the hospital. Scott Fortnera historian and collector from Monroe, narrates persons, “I discovered the map purely by accident while preparing Marilyn’s personal archives for auction at Julien’s Auctions. This is the only known documented evidence of a relationship between Monroe and Gifford that solves the mystery of whether she knew or had contact with her biological father.”
The card, which features a little girl standing on a musical note, is expected to sell for $2,000 to $3,000. “Dear Marylyn,” the handwritten message inside begins, with Monroe’s name misspelled. The pre-written text on the card then reads, “This cheerful little get well note is to say specifically that you too have many thoughts and wishes each day.” Gifford added, “A little prayer too,” signing the card “Stanley Gifford, Red Rock Dairy Farm, Hemet, Calif.” The Hollywood icon’s real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson, and she was born to Gladys Pearl Baker, a former Gifford employee. However, Monroe did not have a relationship with her father while growing up. The auction’s press release states, “It is believed that Gifford did not want to upset his wife and children by allowing Monroe to be a part of his life.”
In addition to this rare personal artifact, several Monroe beauty products will also be on display at the auction, including lipstick tubes, false eyelashes, eyeshadow and more. There will also be several dresses that my Monroe has heard and worn, some of which are expected to cost up to $80,000. Additional notes and correspondence will also be included in the auction block, as will photos, her personal checkbook, her most recent Screen Actors Guild membership card, and a medical record related to cosmetic surgery she underwent, which is expected to sell for $30,000.
Managing Director of Julien’s Auctions Martin Nolan said in the press release for the event, “For nearly two decades, Julien’s has proudly represented the legacy and lore of Hollywood’s most glamorous and iconic star, Marilyn Monroe… In this auction, we have curated something with TCM that is sure to be one of the most talked about and most historic Marilyn collections in the industry.” TCM Managing Director Pola Changnon added, “Despite the numerous books, films and stories that have existed about the life of Marilyn Monroe, she has always been a largely enigmatic and alluring star. This auction brings us closer to the real person she was and Julien has done an incredible job curating this glimpse into her all too short life.”
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