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  • Marilyn Monroe Painting Sells For $78,000
    June 6, 2005 LOS ANGELES, CA.

    Marilyn Monroe Painting for JFK's Birthday June 1st 1962 (her birthdate).

    An original Marilyn Monroe watercolor painting inscribed to President John F. Kennedy for his birthday and depicting a rose was sold at auction for $78,000. Over 200 personal and professional items from the estate of actress Marilyn Monroe that have been stored for 43 years were offered for sale in a public auction, June 4th 2005. The items included, professional wardrobe pieces, original photographs, her Joe DiMaggio divorce papers and an original Monroe watercolor painting inscribed to President John F. Kennedy for his birthday. Monroe's personal property for decades was stored away out of sight for safe keeping by the estate. "This is the first time that most of these items will be seen in public, including a dizzying array of clothing from all of the designers she cherished: Jax, Pucci, Ronetti, Jaeger, and Geistex," explained President/CEO, Darren Julien, of Julien's Auctions of Los Angeles/New York (JuliensAuctions.com)".

    Julien said one of the most intriguing objects is a painting by Monroe of a symbolic red rose for JFK. It is inscribed, "President Kennedy, Happy Birthday and again I say Happy Birthday. Always, Marilyn Monroe, June 1, 1962." Monroe died on the fifth of August 1962 at the age of 36 before giving the painting to President Kennedy.

    Paper ephemera highlights in this sale include divorce papers from her famous husband and sports legend, Joe Di Maggio and her signed actor's contracts. Other items in the auction include a pearl gray silk halter dress; a sterling silver makeup mirror; a signed receipt for a wax and facial from a Beverly Hills salon; vintage 1960s jars of makeup and beauty products; in addition to many other personal and private wardrobe items, documents, and decorative objects.

    "Her personal telephone directory contains hundreds of names and numbers of top Hollywood celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Henry Fonda, Jane Russell and even former husbands, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller," said Julien.