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 in “Niagara” at DAI
Dayton Daily News, April 17th

“Niagara,” a film featuring Marilyn Monroe in a dramatic role, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Dayton Art Institute. The film is set at Niagara Falls. The event is co-sponsored by the DAI and the Cinema Arts Society. Advance...Read more

Playboy re-releases iconic Marilyn Monroe first issue 60 years later
New York Daily News, April 16th

It's been 60 years since Playboy released its first issue and they're celebrating by re-releasing exact replica reprints of its inaugural December 1953 edition featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Take a look back at iconic Playboy covers through the...Read more

Giant Marilyn Monroe at temporary new home
Charleston Post Courier, April 15th

Mel Evans/apA work prepares to lift the torso of a 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue named "Forever Marilyn" in Hamilton, N.J.. HAMILTON, N.J. - A larger-than-life sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has arrived safely in New Jersey after a cross-country trip...Read more

Marilyn Monroe Earrings Auctioned For $185000
Huffington Post, April 14th

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pair of rhinestone earrings Marilyn Monroe wore to a 1955 Hollywood film premiere have sold at auction for $185,000. Julien's Auctions said in a statement Sunday that the actress wore the jewelry when she attended the opening of ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe: Amateur Scientist?
Huffington Post, April 4th

Some years ago, while listening to NPR on my short drive home from my office at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, I caught a brief news announcement that some surprising things had been found when Marilyn Monroe's personal library went on the ...Read more

Lost Marilyn Monroe pictures reveal how sex symbol kept her famous figure in ...
Mirror.co.uk, April 3rd

New pictures have been revealed showing how screen icon Marilyn Monroe kept her world famous figure in shape. The shots were taken by LIFE Magazine photographer Phillipe Halsam as she lifted weights and exercised. Marilyn was known for her ...Read more

'Forever Marilyn' Monroe statue in Palm Springs to be dismantled
Los Angeles Times, March 31st

After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location...Read more

The Secrets Behind Marilyn Monroe and Kennedy Brothers Sex Tape
Guardian Liberty Voice, March 22nd

Earlier this month an alleged sex tape with Marilyn Monroe, JFK and brother Robert was said to actually exist. The claim comes from bodyguard William Castleberry, a long time collector of Hollywood memorabilia. Castleberry, who owed a total of $200,000 ...Read more