Iconic Marilyn Monroe Dress And Other Memorabilia Up For Auction

Marilyn Monroe Dress From Something's Gotta Give Up For Auction

Some items that used to belong to the iconic blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, are up for auction, but you better be ready to lay down a pretty penny.

Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be auctioning off a few of Monroe’s belongings in June, one of the most iconic being Monroe’s dress from the last film she ever completed. The floral sheath dress that Monroe wore in 1962’s Something’s Gotta Give will be up for auction.

Julien describes the dress, saying, “The figure hugging silk crepe dress is printed with scattered painterly roses in shades of persimmon and deep cherry with a plunging V back. The interior of the studio constructed dress has hand finished details, is lined with ivory soufflé and has boning to the waistline.”

The dress is so well known because of the history of the film. Monroe was fired from the production, but the film’s leading man, Dean Martin, “refused to finish the film without Monroe.”

Monroe died shortly after being fired, and “the dress can be seen in numerous newspaper articles announcing her death.”

According to ArtNet News, the dress is set to “fetch $400,000 to $600,000.”

But the Jean Louis designed dress isn’t the only Marilyn piece up for auction. People will also get the chance to bid on Monroe’s black velvet bustier, a black silk underskirt, and a signed white glove.

Want more than her clothes? Also available for auction are some of Monroe’s cosmetics. Yes, that’s right, according to Refinery 29, you can even bid on “eyeliner pencils she once owned — yes, really.”

And there is other memorabilia from the Some Like It Hot beauty. You could also own “Monroe’s personal copy of behind-the-scenes footage of The Misfits, Monroe’s Frankie and Johnny script, a 1961 black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable on the set of The Misfits, a Monroe side view X-ray from her visit to the hospital for her chronic endometriosis, a Marilyn Monroe grave marker.”

Each object is “estimated to sell for $8,000 to $10,000.”

And if those objects aren’t quite your style, then you can head over to Nate D. Saunders Auction House in Los Angeles to bid on the first copy of Playboy that features Marilyn Monroe as its centerfold.

According to the Daily Mail, Laura Yntema, the auction manager has said, “Only about 54,000 copies of the first issue Playboy were printed because Hugh Hefner didn’t know if it would be successful and if there would be another issue…But it sold out almost immediately. This was mostly because of Marilyn, but also because the market didn’t have anything like it at the time.”

Whether you’re looking to buy a Marilyn Monroe dress or a copy of the first Playboy featuring her as a centerfold, now is the time to get your piece of Marilyn Monroe history.

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