Rare Marilyn Monroe effects in June auction

LOS ANGELES – A trove of Marilyn Monroe’s personal and professional property including rare chest X-ray, the chair used by Marilyn in her final photo shoot, previously unreleased photographs of Monroe on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio including their visit to troops in Korea, as well as Marilyn’s personal bottle of Chanel No. 5.

The pop culture artifacts will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions June 26-27 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas.

The X-rays come from a collection of items from the estate of Dr. Ralph Greenson, Monroe’s analyst from approximately 1960 until the time of her death. They are linked to Monroe’s doctors visit on Nov. 10, 1954, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. Among the items offered for sale from Greenson’s estate are the therapy couch used in his Beverly Hills home office where Marilyn Monroe would lie during her appointments with Greenson; personal Pucci clothing gifted to Greenson’s daughter as well as handwritten correspondence between the two.

On July 7, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was photographed by Allan Grant at her Brentwood home. The photos were to accompany an interview with Life Magazine. Grant chose a chair for Marilyn to pose on and moved it in front of a window in Marilyn’s new home. The photos are now legend as the last photo session of Marilyn Monroe. The chair bears the mark of that day, as Monroe posed for the photo by sitting on the back of the chair and punctured the upholstery as she rested her high heel on the cushion.

Monroe’s early career was helped by a young photo-journalist named David Conover, who found Monroe working at the Radio Plane Company in Van Nuys, Calif., during World War II. Conover, an Army photographer, decided to use Monroe as his model for photographs that would appear in YANK magazine. Eight negatives taken by Conover early in Monroe’s career as a model are offered with their copyright registration.

Another highlight is this sale is a bottle of Chanel that was personally owned by Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps no other product is so closely aligned with Marilyn Monroe than Chanel No. 5. When Monroe was asked in 1953 what she wore to bed at night she replied, “Five drops of Channel No. 5,” linking two icons forever. Marilyn’s endorsement of the perfume popularized the fragrance in the United States.

G.I.s in Korea remember a visit from the newly married Marilyn DiMaggio who performed and entertained the troops. Photographs saved in former servicemen’s scrapbooks for over 50 years have surfaced showing a candid Monroe at the Hawaii airport and in the field dressed for travel in war torn Korea.
Highlights will tour to Ponte 16 in Macau, China from April 30 to May 9 prior to the full exhibition at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino from June 14 to June 26. For more information and to register to bid visit www.juliensauctions.com.

A full color limited edition catalog detailing the history and description of each lot in the auction is available for purchase for $50 on www.juliensauctions.com or by calling 310-836-1818. ?

Photos courtesy Julien’s Auctions

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