Lot 89001 - A Marilyn Monroe Star-Shaped Light Fixture, 1962.
Triangular-shaped panels made of opaque white glass, solidified within a metal frame, one portion opens to reveal the socket for a light bulb, electrical cord still attached but is cut so piece is not in working condition; evidently one of the many items Monroe famously purchased down in Mexico to furnish her new Spanish-style home in Brentwood; light fixture was later purchased by the current owner in 1964 directly from Dr. Gilbert Nunez who bought Monroe's house after her death; included with a letter from the current owner stating in part that the Nunez family told her that "Marilyn had this piece hanging in the corner of one of the rooms." (Please note this fixture needs re-wiring and its metal frame is rusted due to age.)
12" x 12" x 12"
The grainy color snapshot showing this light fixture in Monroe's home is believed to have been taken by Eunice Murray [Monroe's weird housekeeper] who was helping the star with purchases for the home and with interior decoration.
Lot 89002 - A Marilyn Monroe Decorative Rustic Chest, 1962.
Smallish in size (to set atop a table), made of wood with a metal overlay, adorned on entire surface with rows of blue, green, and red marbles inspersed with brass studs, brass ring on top front lid, four small pegs on bottom; evidently one of the many items Monroe famously purchased down in Mexico to furnish her new Spanish-style home in Brentwood; chest was later purchased by the current owner in 1964 directly from Dr. Gilbert Nunez who bought Monroe's house after her death; included with a letter from the current owner stating in part that the Nunez family told her this piece was "found in Marilyn's bedroom and she kept her jewelry in it." (Please note this piece is somewhat rusted due to age.)
6" x 18" x 9" x 10"
Lot 89003 -A Marilyn Monroe-Related Rustic Standing Candlestick, 1962.
Made of wood, hand-carved, in two parts that affix together at the center, one metal spike in top center for candle placement; purchased by the Nunez family after they bought Marilyn's house and on display in Marilyn's house (albeit after her death) until they sold this piece to the current owner sometime in the mid-1960s. To be clear, Marilyn Monroe never owned this piece, but it does have the distinction of "living" in her house for a few years in the 1960s! (Please note there are numerous natural cracks in the wood and there is candle wax on all sides.)
44" x 8" x 7"
Lot 89004 - A Marilyn Monroe Terracotta Planter / Vase, 1962.
Oversized, with two handles on either side, hand-painted in colorful shades in a Spanish-style design; evidently one of the many items Monroe famously purchased down in Mexico to furnish her new Spanish-style home in Brentwood; vase was later purchased by the current owner in 1964 directly from Dr. Gilbert Nunez who bought Monroe's house after her death; included with a letter from the current owner stating in part that the Nunez family told her this piece was "left in the backyard near the swimming pool." (Please note there are a number of minor paint chips around the bottom of the vase due to age and wear.)
16" x 12 1/2"
Lot 89005 - A Marilyn Monroe Owned Wood Engraving, Circa 1930.
By Edward Gordon-Craig, untitled, from a scene in "Hamlet," on wove paper, initialed in pencil in the lower right "EGC," placard mounted below work reads in part "From the estate of / Marilyn Monroe;" also included is a 'People' magazine from November 15, 1999 quoting the woman who bought this lot in the below-referenced auction.
Matted and Framed: 22" x 22"; Work Only: 6" x 9"
Lot 89006 - A Marilyn Monroe Funny Signature, 1955.
On a small page of notebook paper with a six-hole punch left margin, written in blue ballpoint ink in the upper right corner "Alan / After two blocks - / Love & Kisses / Marilyn Monroe," further annotated in red ballpoint ink (in another hand) in the upper left corner "May 3, 1955;" consigned directly by 'Alan' and included with a handwritten letter from him outlining in part how he followed the star for a number of blocks in midtown Manhattan, jumped into an elevator with her, and asked for this autograph. (Please note the paper is now yellowed due to age.)
5" x 3"
Lot 89007 - A Marilyn Monroe Early Signature in an Autograph Book with Many Others, 1949.
On a mint green page, bound within an album with a navy blue leather cover, signed in turquoise fountain pen ink "To Bobby / Best Wishes / Marilyn Monroe;" (other side signed by Alan Curtis), an unusual early inscription by the then-starlet before she started using her more well-known sign-off of "Love & Kisses;" obtained in person in NYC by 'Bobby' when MM was there to promote the 1949 United Artists film she had a bit part in, "Love Happy;" the rest of the album is filled with other great movie star autographs (with inscriptions on both sides of the pages) though most (or none, even) of these actors would have known who Marilyn Monroe was in 1949; interestingly, years later, she would have an association with many of them who appear in this album like Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Charles Laughton, Jack Benny, Harold Lloyd, and Roddy McDowall; other autographs include those of Pearl Bailey, Fay Bainter, Ann Blyth, Ward Bond, Harry Carey, Jr., Donald Crisp, Robert Cummings, Dan Duryea, Dale Evans, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Joan Fontaine, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Grayson, Louis Hayward, Jean Hersholt, Ruth Hussey, Van Johnson, Buster Keaton, Peggy Lee, Oscar Levant, Ida Lupino, Virginia Mayo, Constance Moore, Dennis Morgan, Ozzie Nelson, Roy Rogers (who added "Trigger"), Alexis Smith, and Sonny Tufts, among a few others. Book cover shows minimal wear.
5" x 6"
Lot 89008 - A Marilyn Monroe Signed Check, 1959.
Dated "July 10, 1959," made out to "Hedda Rosten" (Monroe's friend and occasional business manager), in the amount of "65.13," signed in blue ballpoint ink "Marilyn Monroe," with normal stamps and cancellation marks.
3" x 8 1/4"