Monday, October 2, 2023

Marilyn Monroe’s Rare & Intimate Love Letters Go to Auction in Beverly Hills

With we at SPICE focused on traditions this month, news of late Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe‘s love letters going to auction caught our attention, with the art of letting-writing during courtship being a tradition oft lost on today’s Whatsapping lovers, Snap Chat-ers and texters.

The starlet’s letters – previously preserved by her former acting coach, Lee Strasberg, to whom she left the items in her will- are to be auctioned next month at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, together with never-before-seen documents and mementos from the beauty, who famously died in suspicious circumstances in 1962.

A letter from Marilyn Monroe to Arthur Miller – the star’s third husband

The collection, titled “Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Archives,” boasts more than 300 items, including rare correspondences between Ms Monroe and  fellow famed figures of her time, such as Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Cary Grant, Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio (her second husband), which will certainly draw Marilyn fanatics to bid.

Vying to read said letters, collectors are sure to come from far and wide for the range of rare memorabilia, which reportedly include intimate readings, like;

“I love you and want to be with you…There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me.”

Marilyn Monroe in 1952, with her Monkey Business co-star, Cary Grant
Marilyn Monroe in 1952, with her Monkey Business co-star, Cary Grant

People Magazine estimates that some pieces could fetch more than $1 millionwhile the auction’s curator, Martin Nolan comments;

“It really gives you the chills when you read some of the stuff and see the intimacy and the personal nature of it.”


The items will go to auction on December 5th and 6th, but will be displayed for public view at the Beverley Hills gallery for four days leading to the event. We at SPICE suggest you have a ganders before the intimate items – much like the disappearing tradition of love letter-writing – are gone forever.

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