A personal get-well card sent to Marilyn Monroe from her father is the centrepiece of a collection of items belonging to the world famous actress due to be auctioned.
Next month, 175 items from the Hollywood star’s life and career will go under the hammer at the Icons and Idols Hollywood auction, taking place in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
The card comes from Monroe’s personal archive and was sent by her father Stanley Gifford, from whom she was estranged, according to Julien’s Auctions, the organisers of the sale.
It is believed that Gifford did not want to upset his wife and children by allowing the actress to be part of his life.
The card is the only known written communication from Monroe’s father to her, Julien’s Auctions said.
Written in Gifford’s handwriting, with the name miss-spelled “Marylyn”, it reads: “This cheery little get-well note comes specially to say that lots of thoughts and wishes, too, are with you every day… a little prayer too.”
Other items in the sale include wardrobe pieces worn by the screen queen in her most famous photographs, star-making moments and personal appearances.
Correspondence, makeup, and other items from her life and career will also make their way to the auction podium.
Lots include a black velvet opera coat from Monroe’s personal collection, estimated at between 20-30,000 dollars (£16-24,000).
A personalised brown leather Gucci address book with custom stamped “M.M.” on the front cover, circa 1955, with contacts including Marlon Brando, and various handwritten entries and notes throughout is expected to fetch up to 70,000 dollars (£58,000).
Lipstick pots and tubes from Max Factor and Michel Cosmetics belonging to Monroe are valued at up to 2,000 dollars (£1,600) each.
“In this auction, we’ve curated with TCM what is sure to be one of the most talked about and history making Marilyn collections in the industry with over 175 extraordinary items discovered from her personal archives such as the only known written communication from Marilyn’s father to clothing worn in her most iconic looks on and off the screen, that shaped not only her public persona but pop culture and style writ large.”
The Icons and Idols Hollywood auction is due to take place live on Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 in Beverly Hills and online.