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The Independent

Get-well card to Marilyn Monroe from estranged father types a part of US public sale



A private get-well card despatched to Marilyn Monroe from her father is the centrepiece of a group of things belonging to the world well-known actress on account of be auctioned.

Subsequent month, 175 gadgets from the Hollywood star’s life and profession will go underneath the hammer on the Icons and Idols Hollywood public sale, going down in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

The cardboard comes from Monroe’s private archive and was despatched by her father Stanley Gifford, from whom she was estranged, in line with Julien’s Auctions, the organisers of the sale.

It has been extensively reported that Monroe unsuccessfully tried to contact her father many occasions through the years and visited the city of Hemet, California, the place he lived, in an try to find him.

It’s believed that Gifford didn’t wish to upset his spouse and youngsters by permitting the actress to be a part of his life.

The cardboard is the one recognized written communication from Monroe’s father to her, Julien’s Auctions mentioned.

Written in Gifford’s handwriting, with the title miss-spelled “Marylyn”, it reads: “This cheery little get-well notice comes specifically to say that a lot of ideas and needs, too, are with you day-after-day… slightly prayer too.”

Found by Marilyn Monroe historian and collector Scott Fortner, it’s estimated to be value as much as 3,000 {dollars} (£2,400).

Different gadgets within the sale embody wardrobe items worn by the display screen queen in her most well-known pictures, star-making moments and private appearances.

Correspondence, make-up, and different gadgets from her life and profession may also make their technique to the public sale podium.

Heaps embody a black velvet opera coat from Monroe’s private assortment, estimated at between 20-30,000 {dollars} (£16-24,000).

The singer was typically photographed sporting coats and furs of the same fashion whereas dwelling in New York within the mid-Fifties.

A personalised brown leather-based Gucci tackle e book with customized stamped “M.M.” on the entrance cowl, circa 1955, with contacts together with Marlon Brando, and numerous handwritten entries and notes all through is anticipated to fetch as much as 70,000 {dollars} (£58,000).

Lipstick pots and tubes from Max Issue and Michel Cosmetics belonging to Monroe are valued at as much as 2,000 {dollars} (£1,600) every.

“For almost twenty years, Julien’s has proudly represented the legacy and lore of Hollywood’s most glamorous and iconic star, Marilyn Monroe,” mentioned Martin Nolan, Government Director of Julien’s Auctions.

“On this public sale, we’ve curated with TCM what is certain to be one of the crucial talked about and historical past making Marilyn collections within the trade with over 175 extraordinary gadgets found from her private archives resembling the one recognized written communication from Marilyn’s father to clothes worn in her most iconic appears to be like on and off the display screen, that formed not solely her public persona however popular culture and magnificence writ giant.”

The Icons and Idols Hollywood public sale is because of happen dwell on Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 in Beverly Hills and on-line.

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