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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Marilyn Monroe Is An Icon
The Inquisitr, April 27th

Marilyn Monroe is still making waves. At a recent photo exhibit of vintage Marilyn shots (on display in Manhattan at the Staley Wise Gallery until June) visitors are getting a first peek at some never-before-seen Marilyn Monroe peekaboo. From the...Read more

Haunted Natalie Wood Feared She Would 'End up Like Marilyn Monroe'
The National Enquirer, April 27th

The death of MARILYN MONROE drove fragile beauty NATALIE WOOD to seek psychiatric help – terrified that she'd meet the same tragic fate as the ultimate blonde bombshell! That's yet another disclosure from Natalie's secret diary – a chilling 118-page ...Read more

Cinema Under the Stars kicks off with Marilyn Monroe in 'Some Like it Hot'
Huntington Herald Dispatch, April 27th

HUNTINGTON - Cinema Under the Stars kicks off Friday, May 1 at Heritage Station with the rollicking 1959 black and white comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, and in hilarious drag, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by the legendary Billy Wilder, "Some ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe, Bulgakov in English and Avengers – What to Do in Moscow on ...
The Moscow Times, April 26th

Alfred Eisenstaedt / Jewish Museum & Tolerance CenterAlfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995): works by this German-born American photographer and photojournalist including shots of Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich. Jewish Artists in the ...Read more

Photographer Bert Stern's never before seen images of Marilyn Monroe
Daily Mail, April 25th

Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and Kate Moss are just a few of the female starlets whose never before seen portraits are on exhibition in New York this week. Iconic photographer Bert Stern's collection of images are on display at the Stanley-Wise Gallery in ...Read more

Does this Marilyn Monroe impersonator violate RSA's ban on booth babes?
Network World, April 24th

Sandra Toms, VP and curator for RSA Conference: “The updated Exhibitor Rules and Regulations ban attire that is overly revealing and we felt that the Marilyn Monroe impersonator was dressed in a way that was entertaining yet wouldn't make our attendees ...Read more

Never-Before-Seen Portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Lee Radziwill and More, From a ...
New York Times (blog), April 23rd

A shot from Bert Stern's legendary “Last Sitting” with Marilyn Monroe in 1962. Estate of Bert Stern, courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery, New York; Suzy Parker's first-ever short haircut, shot for Vogue in 1964. Estate of Bert Stern, courtesy of Staley...Read more

Marilyn Monroe Or Albert Einstein? Optical Illusion Can Tell If You Need ...
Tech Times, April 4th

How good is your eyesight? Sitting from a normal distance from your computer, who do you see? People with normal vision will see Albert Einstein. But if you see Marilyn Monroe, your eyes could be having difficulty making out the finer details of a...Read more