Marilyn at Julien’s: Fashion and Beauty

100 Marilyn-related items, including clothing, photos, letters, receipts, will go under the hammer on July 17 as part of a Hollywood: Legends and Explorers event (all on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills from July 13.) Beginning a series of posts, today I’m looking at items related to Marilyn’s iconic personal style. First up is this tan corduroy shirt with cuffed short sleeves, worn by Marilyn during a 1953 photo shoot at Laurel Canyon with Milton Greene. Despite major discoloration, it’s estimated to sell for $10,000-$20,000.

SOLD for $16,000

“A pair of wedge-heeled tan leather sandals with crisscrossing straps on the vamp up to the ankle, right shoe is stamped ‘by Catalano,’ appearing to be a modern day women’s size 6 with a 3 1/2 inch heel; in very well-used condition as Monroe wore these in countless photo shoots during her early modeling days in the 1940s and early 1950s. Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000″


The sandals can be seen in this pin-up shot from J.R. Eyerman, showing Marilyn standing on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean. Estimate: $100-$200

SOLD for $500

“20th Century Fox, 1954. A three-piece ensemble consisting of a bathing suit made of black silk with ‘applied’ black polka dots,in fragile condition now with areas of evident repair work; a coordinating large wrap, white cotton with the same ‘applied’ black polka dots as suit, trimmed in a wide panel of rose-colored cotton on one end and light blue cotton on the other; and a bathing cap with a petal-like hem adorned with white sequins and silver-colored bugle beads. Made for Monroe to wear There’s No Business Like Show Business and designed by Travilla, this outfit is quite similar to others the star wears throughout the film, though it is not seen in the final cut; however, it is evident it was made for the same production due to its style and construction.” Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

SOLD for $10,240

Personalised labels sewn into the bathing suit and cap

A pair of simulated diamond earrings with clip fitting worn by Marilyn to the world premiere of The Seven Year Itch on June 1, 1955, in New York (Estimate: $50,000-$70,000); and sold separately, a set of candid photos taken that evening, from the estate of Frieda Hull. a member of the Monroe Six, a group of teenage fans based in NYC (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.)

Earrings not sold; photos sold for $2,560

A custom-made black silk evening gown (Estimate: $10,00-$20,000); and a midnight blue worsted wool two-piece day dress (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000), both from the New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman.

SOLD for $28,125 and $12,500 respectively

A black sleeveless knitted top with plunging V to front and back from the Los Angeles boutique Jax (Estimate: $3,000-$6,000); and sold separately, a 1954 cheque for $800, handwritten by Marilyn and paid to Jax (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and a pair of receipts from Jax, billed to Marilyn Monroe Miller (Estimate: $200-$300.)

SOLD for $5,120; $4,480; and $576, respectively

And finally, “a pen on paper with watercolor embellishment inscribed in pen ‘Marilyn Monroe A Loss of Roses, 1960.’ The sketch is mounted on a piece of paper that is printed ‘Donfeld'” (Estimate: $800-$1,200.) After being passed up by Marilyn, A Loss of Roses (based, like Bus Stop, on a William Inge play) was filmed with Joanne Woodward as The Stripper (1963.)

SOLD for $640