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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First look: Kelli Garner in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Entertainment Weekly, March 26th

The latest retelling of Norma Jeane Mortenson's life and death comes in the form of The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, a two-part Lifetime miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book of the same name and starring Kelli Garner (Looking). “The role...Read more

Why Is This Marilyn Monroe Opera So Un-Sexy?
LA Weekly, March 25th

Marilyn Forever sounds like the title of a campy revue at the Cavern Club, but Long Beach Opera's production at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro is a morose meditation on stardom, sex and self-destruction. Unfortunately, this U.S. premiere never ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe Opera Debuts In U.S.
The Inquisitr, March 22nd

The Long Beach Opera presents the United States debut of Marilyn Forever, an opera based on the life and emotions of screen legend Marilyn Monroe, and adapted from Anyone Can See I Love You, a series of Marilyn Monroe's interior monologues ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot images up for auction
New York Daily News, March 6th

Marilyn Monroe's final photo shoot images, including this one taken by Vogue's Bert Stern, will be auctioned off in Texas. A rare set of Marilyn Monroe photos from what's being billed as the stunning starlet's final shoot will be auctioned off in Texas...Read more

Shots of Marilyn Monroe Taken During Her Last Photoshoot Go Up for Auction
Closer Weekly, March 5th

The last ever professional photos taken of iconic actress Marilyn Monroe are hitting the auction block. Six poignant images of Marilyn — who passed away at age 36 in August 1962 — were captured by the star's close friend, celebrity photographer...Read more

Her final shoot: Rare Marilyn Monroe photographs to sell at auction for £50000
Express.co.uk, March 4th

"Bert Stern did a shoot with Marilyn Monroe for Vogue magazine in June 1962 which everyone refers to as 'The Last Sitting' - her last ever studio photos," explained Rachel Peart, director of photographs at Heritage New York. "The images he took became ...Read more

Is Margot Robbie the Next Marilyn Monroe? Not A Chance
Daily Beast, March 2nd

So, on the strength of these two performances, red carpet glamour, vicious tabloid rumors, and the fact that she's an attractive blond woman, she has been crowned “the new Marilyn Monroe.” It seems people are confused about what exactly that...Read more

A young Marilyn Monroe with her mother at the beach
Mashable, March 1st

Marilyn Monroe had a difficult childhood. Born Norma Jean Mortensen on June 1, 1926 to a mentally unstable mother and absent father, she spent her childhood in a series of foster homes and an orphanage. The identity of Norma's father is still unclear...Read more