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Julien’s Auctions to Offer One of the Most Personal Collections of Marilyn Monroe

Collection to Tour the World before Auction — Europe, Asia, South America and U.S.

Auction to Be Held at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles
on November 19th and 20th, 2016

2016 Marilyn Monroe Catalog Set

Los Angeles, California – (May 10, 2016) – Julien’s Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced on offer one of the most personal collections of Marilyn Monroe from the estate of Lee Strasberg. The auction will include a wide variety of documents and personal items once owned by Marilyn Monroe and represents the largest collection of Marilyn Monroe artifacts ever offered at auction.

(photo left shows the extraordinary box set of catalogs offered by Julien’s Auctions)

Besides being an actor and director in his own right, Strasberg is considered the father of method acting in America. Strasberg revolutionized the art of acting by having a profound influence on performance in American theater and movies. A myriad of actors and directors from the United States and around the world gave Lee Strasberg credit for his influence on them, including Mike Nichols, Richard Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Jane Fonda and Robert DeNiro.” Stars of Hollywood’s silver screen era who trained under Strasberg include Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Jean Stapleton and of course, Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn developed a close personal relationship with Lee and his wife Paula, and she ultimately bequeathed all of her personal effects and clothing to Lee in her will.

Marilyn Monroe Platinum Diamond Watch

"No one person ever really knew every facet of Marilyn Monroe, though countless books have attempted to piece together every first, second and third hand account of each encounter, often embellished through passage of time. Marilyn was a complex and beguiling figure in her lifetime, leaving generations of adoring fans to speculate, infer and debate about her life. What has resulted is a prismatic kaleidoscope image built upon both fact and fantasy." – Anna Strasberg

“This is one of the most important and historic auctions of Marilyn Monroe ever. This diverse collection gives us a most intimate glimpse of the screen legend. Never before have there been so many important artifacts from the life and career of the much loved global icon Marilyn Monroe as in our Nov 19th and 20th auction.” – Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions

Marilyn Monroe Designer Handbag

Perhaps the highlight of the items is one of just a few pieces of fine jewelry ever owned by Monroe: a ladies platinum and diamond cocktail watch with face reading “Blancpain, and the movement is signed Rayvill Watch Co. 17 Jewels, Unadjusted Switzerland.”  The sale includes other pieces of costume jewelry, compacts, cosmetics and a few pieces related to Joe DiMaggio. A DiMaggio highlight is an alligator men’s accessory case with custom “JDim” initial in brass on lid with a combination lock closure set to “555” — a repetition of DiMaggio’s Yankee number 5.

Marilyn Monroe Minaudière

The sale will also include a beautiful 1950’s brown alligator ladies handbag from I. Magnin & Co. with matching accessories, a grey pony handbag from Mexico still containing three one peso bills, and a number of other handbags, fur coats and stoles.

Marilyn Monroe 1955 Address Book

Of particular interest is a stunning ladies minaudière with the original box, featuring three compartments including one for loose powder with cotton buffer, mirror, comb, two mercury dimes, eight Phillip Morris cigarettes and a tube of used Revlon lipstick in “Bachelor’s Carnation” with a date of 1947, a virtual time capsule of one of the star’s nights out on the town.

Marilyn Monroe Letter to Lee Strasberg

The items in this collection also include documents that represent signposts containing unbiased factual information placing the star in a certain place on a certain day, the only tangible things left behind to mark simple and remarkable moments in her life and career, from a taxi receipt dated February 2, 1960 listing the trip details as simply “From: 904 To: 20th Century” to a check dated July 25, 1952 written in Monroe’s hand to her mother Gladys Eley in the amount of $150.00 endorsed by her mother signed, “Mrs. Gladys P. Eley.” In addition to household, food, fur, books, beauty, and clothing receipts, there are tax documents listing the star’s expenditures in great detail, a collection of recipes given to her by friends, and of certain interest is her 1962 checkbook containing the filled out stubs of every check written from her account in the final year of her life as well as the checks written from her account immediately after her death.

Marilyn Monroe Crayon Portrait

The items provide an unprecedented look at the daily details of her life, offering yet another perspective of Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe still life

In addition to these extraordinary highlights from the screen icon’s life are documents, correspondence, poems and intimate notes featured in the appropriately titled 2012 book Fragments. The book helped to piece together a more even-handed view of the icon, demonstrating her intellectual curiosity, vulnerability and humanity. The poems included in the book offer a deeply personal look into Monroe’s thoughts, such as this excerpt: “Only parts of us will ever touch parts of others — one’s own truth is just that really — one’s own truth…” Many of the writings featured in the book are contained in notebooks that are included in the sale as well as lighter material like her now famous recipe for stuffing scrawled on a sheet of “City Title Insurance Company” notepaper.

Please Note: The documents, other written materials, drawings, etc. are being auctioned, and not the intellectual property rights.

This important collection of Marilyn Monroe will make a worldwide tour prior to the November 19th and 20th, 2016 auction. Special exhibitions have been scheduled for the public and include:

Please note: Julien’s Auctions will be hosting three days of Marilyn Monroe-related auctions featuring the Happy Birthday Mr. President iconic dress, the Collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts, Property from the Estate of Lee Strasberg, and Property from the Estate of Frieda Hull. All auction dates, times and exhibitions are listed below.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Julien’s Auctions
741 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90069
Daily 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST

Admission: $25 per person.
100% of the admission proceeds benefit The Downtown Women’s Center.

Downtown Women's Center

8490 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, California 90069
(Valet Parking Available - Walking distance from Julien’s Auctions Gallery)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 — Evening Auction

Session I: 6:00 p.m. PST

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Session II: 10:00 a.m. PST
Session III: 2:00 p.m. PST

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Session IV: 10:00 a.m. PST
Session V: 2:00 p.m. PST

Auction Entry Fee To Attend Live Auction: $100 per person (for registered bidders all three days: November 17th, 18th and 19th).  100% of the registration and admission proceeds benefit The Downtown Women’s Center.

Downtown Women's Center

For inquiries, please email info@juliensauctions.com or call 310-836-1818.

Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in this sale:

  1. Bid through Julien's Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
  2. Place bids in the room by attending the auction.
  3. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.
  4. Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalog, and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions at (310) 836-1818 or online at our Register to Bid page.

About Julien's Auctions
Julien's Auctions is the Auction House to the Stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien's Auctions produces high profile auctions from the world of entertainment, Rock n' Roll, sports and art. Founded by Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions has achieved international recognition for its extraordinary auction events which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien's Auctions specializes in auctioning iconic artifacts and notable collections from the world's most recognizable stars including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Larry Hagman, Les Paul, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Each auction is beautifully documented in a collectible high gloss auction catalog uniquely capturing the story of the collection and photographs of each treasure. Based in Los Angeles, Julien's Auctions has an international presence and is featured widely in the press both domestically and internationally while bringing their exhibitions and auctions to destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video, by phone and by text. Darren Julien, Founder & CEO, and Martin Nolan, Executive Director, head up the organization and together have led the renowned auction house to world record breaking auction results. For more information, go to www.juliensauctions.com.

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