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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Warner Bros. Title Card Gallery

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How You Do Marilyn Monroe Beauty—The 2015 Way
Allure Magazine (blog), February 27th

I have to think that Marilyn Monroe's beauty has inspired the majority of women in this world in some way, shape, or form. Whether it's her red lips, winged liner, platinum bob, or perfectly placed beauty mark—or even going to bed wearing Chanel No. 5...Read more

The Complete History of Blue Jeans, From Miners to Marilyn Monroe
Racked, February 27th

If you ask someone why they wear blue jeans and they reply "because they're comfortable," they are lying to you in a way that is so total and complete I suspect they are also lying to themselves. Denim is a tough, rugged material meant to withstand...Read more

Film Picks, February 27: Marilyn Monroe Weekend at The Cary
News & Observer, February 26th

The Cary Theater in downtown Cary hosts a Marilyn Monroe Weekend Friday night through Sunday afternoon with screenings of several of her best films. Friday evening, Howard Hawk's 1953 comedy musical "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" will show at 7, with ...Read more

Max Mara Conjures Marilyn Monroe at the Beach
Jezebel, February 26th

There's been a lot of soul-searching in recent years about what a fashion show even means in the internet era, and whether we even need them. This video from the ever reliable Elle España makes a compelling argument pro: there's something intangible ...Read more

Gigi Hadid Channels Marilyn Monroe on the Max Mara Runway
InStyle, February 26th

Gigi Hadid is more than just a runway model or the face of Maybelline—she's Marilyn Monroe. Or, as close as one can get to being the iconic star. The model of the moment opened the Max Mara fall/winter 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week with a look ...Read more

What Marilyn Monroe Ate For Breakfast
Yahoo Health, February 12th

But, it appears Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was a pioneer of weird celebrity diets long before the days of Goop. As Eater reports in this awesome roundup of MM-approved spots in L.A., Ms. Monroe was basically on the paleo diet before it was cool...Read more

Arthur Miller in his own words: from McCarthyism to Marilyn Monroe
Telegraph.co.uk, February 9th

On the early days of his relationship with Marilyn Monroe. She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence… She was...Read more

Marilyn Monroe's first professional shot as an aspiring model emerges for sale
Daily Mail, February 9th

The first professional photograph taken of Marilyn Monroe, hurriedly composed in an alleyway as a test shot before she began the career that was to make her a star, has emerged for sale. Renowned photographer Joseph Jasgur took test shots of Monroe ...Read more