Marilyn Monroe’s personal artefacts are going up for auction

175 of Marilyn Monroe’s personal belongings will be auctioned in December, including a rare note from her father. 

Marilyn Monroe Portrait

As reported by Vanity Fair, the items to be auctioned include lipstick tubes, fake eyelashes and eye shadows. 

But perhaps the most precious item in the auction is a handwritten note from Marilyn Monroe’s father, Charles Stanley Gifford. 

Gifford was only recently proven to be Monroe’s father following DNA testing. Historians have long speculated whether Monroe knew her father and whether she had any contact with him, but the note proves she did. 

marilyn monroe portrait

Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

“This card is the only known material artifact that establishes any connection or communication between Gifford and his famous daughter,” says a press release for the auction. 

The note was found by accident by Scott Fortner, a Monroe historian and collector. He spoke to People magazine about his find, stating: “I discovered the card purely by chance while I was 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, which solves the mystery of whether or not she knew or had contact with her biological father.”

The note is expected to rack up a price tag of $2,000 to $3,000. The card portrays a girl standing on a musical note and Gifford begins the note with “Dear Marylyn”, incorrectly spelling Monroe’s name.

The auction will also include some of Monroe’s previous dresses, so we can only assume Kim Kardashian has her auction paddle ready for some action. 

BLONDE Ana De Armas

Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Credit: Netflix

Monroe’s life was recently fictionalised by director Andrew Dominik in Netflix’s Blonde which received a polarised reception. 

The auction takes place online and in-person on 17 and 18 December. It’s a collaboration between Julien’s Auctions and TCM Presents: Icons & Idols Hollywood. 

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