One of the earliest media and pop culture mega-stars, Marilyn Monroe left behind a wide range of vintage collectible memorabilia. Marilyn's personal estate was first auctioned off by Christie's on October 27th and 28th, 1999 in a sale called "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe," which yielded over thirteen million dollars. It had been in storage since 1962 when she died and included clothing, scripts, awards, furniture, kitchenware, and glassware Marilyn had owned.

A follow up sale by Julien’s in 2005, known as "Property from the Estate of Marilyn Monroe," consisted of the remainder of the items that were not put up for auction in 1999. To avoid authentication problems and the numerous fakes on the market, some collectors stick solely to collecting personal items from these two auctions.

However, apart from items Marilyn herself might have owned or used, there's a wide range of collectible Marilyn Monroe items on the market, including photos, prints, magazines, dolls, wine bottles, calendars, plates, and postcards.


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Smash Marilyn Monroe musical coming to life next year
Metro.us, December 18th

It is as much tradition as gathering with friends and avoiding Times Square on New Year's Eve: Every year, we at Metro cast one final look back at the year that was and attempt to distill 365 days into 10 unforgettable moments. Did we succeed? That is...Read more

Dress worn by Marilyn Monroe worth a small fortune
CCTV, December 17th

The photoshoot was a month after Marilyn Monroe completed filming for “Some Like It Hot.” In the photos, Monroe posed as various femme fatales from the world of cinema, including Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Russell, Jean Harlow, Clara Bow and Theda Bara...Read more

Kelli Garner saves pigeon from captivity as she films Marilyn Monroe Lifetime ...
Daily Mail, December 17th

Her new Lifetime TV mini series shows a more personal side of the icon and legend that is Marilyn Monroe. And on Wednesday Kelli Garner showcased Marilyn's soft spot for little creatures as she filmed a touching scene in Toronto, Canada. Kelli, 30, was ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe film leads to 60 years of marriage for Columbia couple
WIS, December 17th

Not even Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell could distract Olsen from his future wife, Betty. On December 18th, the couple celebrates their 60th wedding anniversary. "We just like doing the same things together," Betty said. "We like to travel together...Read more

Orlando-based Marilyn Monroe Spas to begin franchising
Orlando Sentinel, December 16th

Al Weiss, a former top Disney World executive in Florida, and Niki Bryan, who used to run Disney resort spas, formed the company and were given a licensing agreement with the Marilyn Monroe estate in 2012 to use the Hollywood icon's name and image...Read more

A Bid for Love: Marilyn Monroe's Love Letters Are Up For Sale (PHOTOS)
Biography, November 30th

This week over 200 of Marilyn Monroe's most intimate letters, as well as apparel, photos, and other personal items, will be auctioned off. Read excerpts of her love letters from Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller and peruse our photo gallery which shows...Read more

Marilyn Monroe's love letters among never-before-seen personal items up for ...
Daily Mail, November 26th

Over 200 rare personal items of Marilyn Monroe's that have never been seen by the public will go up for auction in Los Angeles next month. The collection of belongings - which also includes her supposedly-favorite black coat, circa mid-1950s...Read more

Read Marilyn Monroe's Very Racy Love Letter from Arthur Miller
People Magazine, November 20th

This lustful letter – along with other lovestruck missives Miller, her third and final husband, sent to her – are part of the "Lost Archive of Marilyn Monroe," a collection of 200 of her most personal correspondence, mementos and photos that she kept...Read more