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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Look Inside Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Home
Refinery29, October 31st

But, what if the star in question just so happened to be Norma Jeane Mortenson, more commonly known as Marilyn Monroe? That would be pretty damn cool, right? Well, it turns out this is now a lot more plausible than one might think, considering Monroe's ...Read more

From Marilyn Monroe to MLK: Julie Burchill explains 'why I love the Jews'
Haaretz, October 30th

To drive her point home, she helpfully supplies a sample of other well-known admirers of the Jewish people: “Marilyn [Monroe], Ava [Gardner], Liz [Taylor], Felicity Kendal, Martha Gellhorn, Martin Luther King, me – what a sumptuous banquet of radiant ...Read more

Clydebank salon rebrands after Marilyn Monroe legal threat
Clydebank Post, October 30th

“I love the vintage era and Marilyn Monroe was a big part. So I've now decided to call the salon Vintage.” The salon owner has been forced to shut down the Facebook business page she worked hard building up by giving away free spray-tans. She said: “I ...Read more

Exhibit analyzes cult of celebrity of Marilyn Monroe
The Coloradoan, October 28th

She was born Norma Jean but the world knows her as Marilyn. The iconic blonde lived a life that is still celebrated and analyzed more than 50 years after her death. Her whole life was a juxtaposition — a tragic childhood that included 12 foster...Read more

Lifetime finds one Marilyn Monroe to rule them all
A.V. Club (blog), October 28th

Lifetime has found a Marilyn Monroe for its upcoming miniseries, which is totally necessary because there might be someone out there who doesn't know that although she was pretty, she was also very, very sad. In fact, did you know Marilyn Monroe wasn't ...Read more

See an Exclusive Clip of Marilyn Monroe's Response to Nikita Khrushchev in 1959
TIME, October 28th

The guests at a fancy lunch thrown in his honor, who included Marilyn Monroe. Hundreds of journalists were on hand to follow Khrushchev everywhere he went, and they captured the movie star as well (giving, in this clip, pretty much the least...Read more

Lifetime finds its Marilyn Monroe
Entertainment Weekly, October 27th

EW has confirmed that Garner will star as Marilyn Monroe in the network's upcoming four-hour miniseries about the Hollywood icon. Based on The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Marilyn also stars Susan Sarandon as Monroe's ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe Estate Sued Over Threats to 'Virtual Marilyn' Character (Exclusive)
Hollywood Reporter, October 1st

The only thing more legally troublesome than a celebrity's rights is a dead celebrity's rights. Just look at Marilyn Monroe, the blond bombshell who died in 1962, but continues to be the center of one legal fight after another. The latest is a lawsuit...Read more