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Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia: Tbird brings $490K

Marilyn Monroe's Thunderbird stole bidders' hearts at Julien's Icons & Idols auction, which featured plenty of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

LOS ANGELES – While thoughts of Marilyn Monroe once again dazzled an audience, it was Monroe's Thunderbird that stole bidders' hearts. It was at Julien’s Auctions' Hollywood auction event of the season, Icons & Idols: Hollywood, on Nov. 16-17, 2018. The event was held at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills in front of an excited crowd of collectors and fans bidding live on the floor, online and on the phone.

Marilyn Monroe’s raven black 1956 Thunderbird

Marilyn Monroe’s raven black 1956 Thunderbird. Sold for $490,000.

One of Hollywood’s greatest screen goddesses of all time – Marilyn Monroe – dazzled once again with a selection of her never-before-offered, personal property hitting the auction block and made history with a new world record. Monroe’s Golden Globe award for World Film Favorite Female 1961 from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sold for an astounding $250,000, making it the top selling Golden Globe award sold at auction.

A few minutes later, another unprecedented sale took place with Monroe’s 1956 Raven Black Ford Thunderbird convertible – driving to auction for the first time – which sold for $490,000.

More Marilyn Monroe memorabilia auction highlights:

Other iconic items connected to Monroe’s mystique that went under the hammer included:

Marilyn Monroe’s raven black 1956 Thunderbird

Marilyn Monroe’s raven black 1956 Thunderbird

Marilyn Monroe’s raven black 1956 Thunderbird

Marilyn Monroe’s raven black 1956 Thunderbird

The black satin blouse with matching necktie Monroe wore to a press conference at Los Angeles Airport on February 26, 1956 that sold for $43,750, over four times its original estimate of $10,000. Her copy of Playboy’s first issue with Monroe on the cover signed by publisher Hugh Hefner sold for $32,000. 

Monroe’s iconic black and white checkered pants that sold for $31,250, more than three times the original estimate of $10,000. Her pair of sleek and refined black pants by clothier Jax that sold for $8,960. Monroe's beige Jax top in 1960 rehearsing for the film “Let’s Make Love” sold for $11,250.

Monroe's June 14, 1957-April 12, 1961 checkbook with a ledger of payees including Monroe, Arthur Miller, Ceil Chapman, Milton H. Greene, among others sold for $10,240 – five times its original estimate of $2,000.

Twenty-three original publicity photographs of Monroe from “Love Nest,” 1951 sold for $4,480 – well over its estimate of $200. Her “River of No Return” (20th Century Fox, 1954) film-worn red bloomers sold for $11,250.

Letters and acknowledgement messages that Monroe received such as a letter from poet and close friend Norman Rosten sold for $3,520.

A 1954 Christmas card from Liberace sold for $2,187. A card signed by members of the Monroe Six sold for $2,560.

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