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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Price of Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia


Bonhams just recently closed its auction for some very interesting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. Some of the items -- and the price they fetched -- might surprise you. Have a look:

A sepia photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1956
Sold for $2,074

A receipt for Monroe's hairdo for JFK's birthday party, 1962
Sold for $488

Two Marilyn Monroe rare black and white photographs by Andre de Dienes
Sold for $366

A set of never-before-seen black and white 'wardrobe shots,' 1950s
Sold for $110

A Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller group of airline tickets, 1960
Sold for $427

A group of never-before-seen black and white snapshots from Korea, 1954
Sold for $2,196

A receipt for a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne
Sold for $397

Another pair of rare black and white photographs by Andre de Dienes
Sold for $366

And a set of documents relating to Monroe's purchase of her Brentwood home, 1962
Sold for $488

The Beaton portrait is my favorite and worth far more than the winning bid, I think...

There's more Marilyn memorabilia at

I wonder who walked away with the Dom receipt!


Blogger Lit and Life said...

That Cecil Beaton photo is stunning! I think things sold for pretty reasonable prices (as memorabilia goes). $150 to have her done done was a ton of money back then--that's a lot now even!

June 24, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of coarse everything here is amazing. the Cecil Beaton photo takes the cake.

June 24, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger orange sugar home said...

fascinating post. yeah, the Beaton photo gets my vote as well. she was so lovely.

June 24, 2009 at 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

I expected much higher bids! I love all of it, and wish I could have been the one who bought the Dom receipt! Or that Cecil photo. She's lovely, that's all I have to say. I love you Marilyn! (I guess I had more to say:)

June 24, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Honestly, I would pay higher for the photograph by Cecil Beaton...adore the visual, plus sepia-LUV!!!

June 24, 2009 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Geisslein said...

she was such a beauty!!!

June 25, 2009 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger ♥Simply Seductive said...

Amazing post... I can't believe there are still "never seen before" items of Marilyn... lovely, thanks!

All the best,

June 25, 2009 at 3:23 AM  
Anonymous tash said...

Rather tempting (affordable ) aren't they......the baht shots are my fave......

June 25, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


June 25, 2009 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

stunning finds! there is so much mystery and adoration around her!

June 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

Everything about her is fascinating and impressive, but so is he notion of getting a case of Dom for $166. . .Ah, the good old days.

June 25, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger avant garde said...

somethings and some people are timeless, marilyn certainly seems to be one of them. if i could have picked up any of those items i probably would have wanted the cecil beaton sepia photo or the tub photos, those are very improv and relaxed. but i'd put the tub photos somewhere fun like the dining room on a wall, something like that. :)

June 25, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Hm...I agree, these pieces do seem that they should've fetched more than they did. Just a reflection of our horrible economy right now, I guess.

Thanks for posting these! I am so in love with her.

June 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Shaddy said...

The Beaton photo is my favorite too. It's breathtaking.

June 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Moon Face said...

I love her! Absolutely timeless. Thanks for the post...seeing those rare photos was really intriguing.

June 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Jen @ said...

What a great post. I'm surprised the prices are so reasonable. I would have liked to have the champagne receipt too!

June 25, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Jessica Fox said...

Thank you so much for posting these! She is so lovely and fascinating, its hard to believe there were never before seen images!

June 25, 2009 at 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the film, "Wonderboys" with Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. Tobey Maguire's character was obsessed with a piece of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

June 25, 2009 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Gorgeous Photos - Love the tub shots they're so relaxed....

June 26, 2009 at 7:28 AM  
Anonymous ambika said...

Wow, what amazing photographs. If anything, I'm surprised they didn't get more for them.

It's crazy how they even still had their plane tickets. I certainly don't save those things!

June 26, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Those black/white photos are beautiful!! Funny to see the different prices reflected in the receipts. The second photo is my favorite!

June 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous SparkerShop said...

Some great stuff... I think I'd choose the bath photographs or the receipt for the Dom.

I just did a write up on my blog about the Marilyn auction happening this weekend - there are some great furniture and decor items purchased in Mexico. My favorite are the stools with tasseled cushions.

June 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM  

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