https://nypost.com/2022/06/01/marilyn-monroes-items-to-be-auctioned-off-for-96th-birthday/

Marilyn Monroe’s birthday is definitely something to celebrate.

The Hollywood icon would have been 96 on June 1 and to commemorate the milestone, Julien’s Auctions is selling her personal effects and memorabilia.

Fans will be able to bid on items such as her film costumes, lingerie, jewelry, photographs, handwritten notes, files and other relics from her life and career.

In conjunction with Turner Classic Movies, the auction — titled “Hollywood Legends” — will be carried out in Beverly Hills, California, from July 15 to July 17.

The collection features keepsakes from Monroe’s famous films such as “How To Marry a Millionaire,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Some Like It Hot,” “Bus Stop,” “Let’s Make Love” and “The Misfits.”

Marilyn Monroe historian and collector Scott Fortner told The Post it’s an “exciting” moment for fans of the blonde bombshell.

“It’s exciting to see these treasures from Marilyn’s film history and personal archives hitting the auction block. She continues to be the number one film star from the 1950s, and one of the most collectible celebrities today, dead or alive,” he said.

Monroe’s “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” dress and headpiece designed by William “Billy” Travilla has a hefty price tag of $80,000.
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Fortner also plans to participate in the auction — but is staying mum on what he’s planning to grab.

“I’ll of course be bidding on items in the auction, but a smart collector never shares his hotlist in advance,” he said.

Some pieces that will be auctioned off include the black satin, sequined leotard that she wore in the 1953 comedy “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and her pale pink silk blouse worn in “Let’s Make Love” in 1960.

The blond bombshell’s 19th-century-style bodice from a 1956 Jack Cardiff photo session will also be sold off to the highest bidder.

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Some of Monroe’s clothing that will be sold off include her lingerie and bathing suits.
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Handwritten memos Monroe penned during her film sessions and acting classes will be going for quite a pretty penny.

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Letters Monroe scribed in 1955 and 1962 will be sold by Julien’s Auctions next month.
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An original contract Monroe signed with talent agency, MCA Artists, is heading for auction.
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A pair of Napier gold-tone floral basket earrings with faceted crystal beads donned by Monroe during “How To Marry a Millionaire” will even be auctioned off, too.

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Several black-and-white portraits from her career are going for $100 to $200.
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The actress’ beauty products, such as her perfume and fake eyelashes, are among the items being sold.
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A photo of Monroe, signed by famed cameraman Cecil Beaton, is valued at $2,000.
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Notes from her time at the prestigious Actors Studio, as well as the exercises she undertook with acclaimed acting teacher Lee Strasberg and her 1958 American Federation of Television and Radio Artists membership card are also featured.

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Photography negatives from 1953 will get into the hands of a lucky fan for $1,000 or more.
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The ivory umbrella Monroe used in 1949 for a photo shoot at Jones Beach will also be available for bidding.
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Even several financial and tax documents from Monroe and her husband Arthur Miller will be on display and up for auction. The docs stem from 1957 to 1960 and outline the couple’s monetary investments and accounting.

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An original manuscript from photographer Andre de Dienes’ coffee table book about Monroe is also being auctioned off.
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“Marilyn Monroe lives on forever as the quintessential Hollywood Legend whose historical and cultural impact will continue to be celebrated in the next millennium and beyond,” executive director of Julien’s Auctions Martin Nolan said in a statement.

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One of the blond bombshell’s “Let’s Make It Legal” costumes will be going for upwards of $10,000.
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“On this special occasion of what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 96th birthday milestone celebration, Julien’s Auctions and TCM is honored to present this glamorous and personal collection of over 100 items, which includes a wide array of artifacts from her storied film roles and her personal items that paint an intimate portrait of her incandescent life and passions,” he continued.

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Monroe’s bathing costume from the 1951 romance film “Let’s Make It Legal.”
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Many of the screen star’s “Life” magazine covers will be going for an estimated $300.
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“Marilyn is one of the most recognized stars around the world and we know fans love watching her films on TCM,” said Pola Changnon, TCM’s general manager. “By partnering with Julien’s Auctions, they will now have the chance to own these one-of-a-kind items.”

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A chair used in one of Monroe’s last photo sessions will be auctioned off for $8,000 to $10,000.
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The auction house is also now accepting payments with cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin and USD Coin.

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