12305 5th Helena Drive
Brentwood, CA 90049
Marilyn’s legendary final home is currently up for sale. So if you have an extra $3,595,000 it can be yours.
Here is the official listing. It is interesting to note that they didn’t even make mention of the fact it was Marilyn’s home. Too bad one of these celebrities, with money to burn, who profess to love Marilyn wouldn’t purchase it and make a museum.
Yeah, you read the title right. They are actually auctioning off a chest x-ray (and several pelvic ones too) supposedly of Marilyn taken November 10, 1954. She was admitted to the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for surgery for endometriosis. The doctor apparently later used the x-ray in lectures to students and more recently left the x-ray to his daughter who is putting it up for sale. It is expected to sell for up to $1,200 by Juliens Auctions on June 26.
All over the news this week is a story about newly discovered Marilyn photos taken in 1961 during her visit with Carl Sandburg. The photographer, Len Steckler, even appeared on the Today show to reveal these “lost” prints and talk about the visit he witnessed. He filed the photos away until his son recently uncovered them. So now of course they are selling them on their website at http://www.thevisitseries.com/
These photos have been floating around the internet as they aren’t new to me. Or at least similar ones from the same session have been. Maybe the family didn’t know this.
UPDATE: Looks like Keya Morgan is selling the copyright to this footage on Ebay…here is a link to the AUCTION
ANOTHER UPDATE: This auction ended Dec 14 with 32 bids for $58,100. However, it doesn’t seem possible to look up the auction now as you get the message “This listing (190355289852) has been removed, or this item is not available.”
I received this email a few weeks ago from someone who claimed they had some previously unseen Marilyn footage…
“Hi there! I was told that you hold one of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe. I recently came across unseen footage of Marilyn Monroe from a family friend while cleaning out her garage. Apparently, she was best friend with the Karger’s and has spent the night with Marilyn with her friends the night prior to her death. This footage, however is from New Jersey in 1954- while she was visiting with her friends while filming in NY. The tape shows her smokingeither a joint or a cigarette( its a big one =) , drinking, laughing, sniffing her armpits and kissing at the camera- it is only a minute long- but such a gem. We are just asking collectors if they are, or know anyone who is interested in the tape. The woman who owns it would like to sell the rights outright because she is in her 70’s now and doesn’t want to deal with it anymore. If you are interested, I am located in Los Angeles.”
I didn’t really think much of it as I do get emails from people who think they have some rare photo or something of Marilyn (most of the time nude) and it never turns out to be her. Well, I guess this one was the real deal. It showed up on youtube today. It was purchased by Keya Morgan for $275,000. You may remember this jerk from the “Marilyn Sex Tape” rumors from a few years ago. No surprise that it is hitting the internet and saying that Marilyn is smoking pot. Doesn’t look like it to me. Regardless, it is gorgeous footage.
I just came across this photo of a Marilyn wax figure that is located at the new Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hollywood, located right next to Grauman’s Chinese Theater. I think it is pretty cool to have this pose so close to her handprints. Has anyone seen the statue in person?
Here is a pic of visitors posing with her.
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