A signed photo and a Connecticut driver’s licence are among the Marilyn-related lots going under the hammer next Wednesday, May 10th, at RR Auctions. Bids on the 5 x7″ photo, signed ‘Love & Kisses, Marilyn Monroe’ in blue ballpoint, have already exceeded the $4,000 estimate. The photo was probably taken by either James Collins or another member of the Monroe Six, a group of ardent teenage fans, during Marilyn’s trip to New York in September 1954.
Her driver’s licence (which has a $30,000 estimate) is dated July 8th, 1958, and is signed ‘Marilyn Monroe Miller,’ her married name. Her Connecticut residence at Tophet Road in Roxbury is listed – the Millers had purchased the property in late 1957 – and her given height is 5 ft 5″. On the same day that the licence was issued, Marilyn arrived in Los Angeles to film Some Like It Hot.
By June 30, 1960, when the licence expired, Marilyn had returned to her New York apartment after completing Let’s Make Love, and was preparing to fly West again to shoot The Misfits. When the Millers divorced in 1961, Arthur kept the Roxbury home, although Marilyn would make another visit that year to collect her remaining personal items.