On June 26 and 27, Julien's Auctions will offer up intimate Monroe memorabilia, including a pink long-sleeved boat-neck silk jersey Pucci blouse similar to the lime-green one the actress wore while rehearsing her "Happy Birthday" song for President John F. Kennedy at New York's Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962.
The pink blouse, however, was given to the daughter of Monroe's psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, because Monroe felt it was too large. Also up for grabs: a purple patterned short-sleeve silk Pucci blouse, which Monroe gifted to Greenson's daughter as well.
Other items are a little closer to Monroe's heart, including an unopened bottle of her signature fragrance, Chanel No. 5 ("What do I wear to bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course!" she once said) and even x-rays of her famous chest.
"It's always been rumored that Marilyn had two miscarriages," auctioneer Darren Julien told the BBC of the x-rays, which are expected to fetch more than $1,200 each. "We can only assume that it was because she was trying to see if she was pregnant, if she could get pregnant."
Perhaps the most haunting item is Monroe's own Italian-style carved chair, which she sat atop for a Life magazine shoot at her Brentwood, Calif., home in July 1962 – two weeks before her death. It was to be her last photo shoot, but Monroe certainly left her mark – the green velvet upholstery bears a little tear where her heel poked through.
At the time of the article Monroe had just been fired from her unreleased film "Something's Got to Give." Monroe agreed to three interviews to show that she was not beaten by this misfortune, but she distrusted the press. As Life magazine writer Richard Meryman left the shoot, she reportedly whispered, "Please don't make me a joke."
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