Marilyn’s ‘Life’ Poem Sold for $16,000

A handwritten poem by Marilyn dating from the late 1950s, with the opening lines ‘Life – I am of Both of Your Directions,’ has been sold for $16,000 as part of the annual Icons and Idols event at Julien’s Auctions. Other Marilyn-related lots included her make-up brush and eyeliner pencil; a well-used dressmaker’s mannequin; and photographs by Andre de Dienes, Philippe Halsman and Frank Worth (see above.)

“A single sheet of Arthur Miller’s personalized stationery with a poem penciled on the verso in Marilyn Monroe’s hand. Seemingly about herself, the piece reads in full ‘Life/ I am of both of your directions/ Some how remaining hanging downward/ the most/ but strong as a cobweb in the/ wind exist more with the cold glistening frost/ my beaded rays have the colors I’ve/ seen in a painting – ah life they/ have cheated you.’ This is a melancholy little piece giving us a small insight into the star.”