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Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe Hardcover – October 26, 1999

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  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Christie's (October 26, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903432641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903432641
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs B VINE VOICE on April 10, 2007
If I had to choose one book to own on Marilyn Monroe, this would be it! It's the auction catalogue from the Christie's 1999 auction of Marilyn's personal property. Although catalogue is a gross understatement; this book is a HUGE 500+ page book with tons of information and pictures. If you want to really get to know the day to day Marilyn, this is the perfect book. From the clothes she wore to the books she read, everything is here. Purchased at this auction was the dress she wore when singing Happy Birthday Mr. President in that notoriously sexy voice that led Kennedy to thank her for singing in "such a sweet and wholesome way." The dress was the most expensive ever sold at $1.2 Million. Around the time of the Birthday Gala she was busy furnishing the first house she ever owned, 12305 5th Helena Dr. in Brentwood, CA. A few months later she would be found dead in her bedroom under suspicious circumstances. Part of the beauty of this book is that we get to see the few things she cared enough to have around her. Aside from a museum this is the closest we can get to Marilyn. This out-of-print book is well worth the price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FloridaCoast on October 23, 2009
I can't believe any big fan of MM would NOT own this book. Reading it feels odd, like you're going through her things in her house. Here we see, in color, all of her clothing, even brassieres, shoes, accessories, and more. Not only clothing, you have photos of her dinnerware, knick-knacks, records, and books. Looking through her book collection was very interesting. Her makeup kit is here, and the book has as its centerfold the Happy Birthday dress. One of my best investments. Almost feels like you're digging through someone's drawers without their permission.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jami D. on October 1, 2008
One of my most prized possessions in my book collection. I suppose you could say that this is the next best thing to being able to physically touch and see any of Marilyn's personal belongings up close. The amount of detail listed in the items is incredible, and love all the close up photos. Amazing to see several items with that "lived in" quality, such as makeup stains still on clothes, hand written notes in her scripts, ect. Fabulous "centerfold" of every angle of the happy birthday gown. My only complaint is that they didn't have an informed person assemble the item next to a photo of her wearing or using it. Some photos were paired with completely wrong items. Cover choice of photo is a little odd...is it just me or does that not really look like Marilyn? Other than that, amazing book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre Smith on March 13, 2010
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For so many years people have wanted to know the "Real" Marilyn Monroe, well folks this is as close as any one can get to her these days. If you do not own this book theres no way that you can truly be a Marilyn Monroe Fan, I always felt that way like something was missing in my collection and that i was never really part of it all. With this Book you are looking into her day to day life, its so much like Marilyn is giving you a guided tour.........You cannot or ever will regret owning this out of Print collector's item!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Fan! on April 30, 2013
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This is a beautifully crafted book.Which has many, but not all of Marilyn's own belongings, which went up for sale in 1999.This book is considered a catalogue.Well it's the biggest catalogue I've ever seen.That has items that once belonged to the worlds most famous movie star in the 20th century. As you turn the pages you begin to wonder if Marilyn would've approved of all this.I think not.Then you find just how many sides there were of Marilyn.The star, the housewife, the causal dresser.etc.And believe me Marilyn had her own style of fashion.Such good taste.If anything Norma jean was a master at creating Marilyn Monroe time and time again.This book has about 415 pages.And worth buying and adding to your collection of Marilyn Monroe books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bumpkin on January 28, 2015
This book is the official Christies Auction catalogue from the sale of her personal items by her Estate in 1999 and is now considered as a collectors item.

Background: In her 1961 will, Marilyn bequeathed all of her personal possessions Lee Strasberg, Marilyn's acting coach and founder of The Actors Studio and requested that they be distributed to her friends and family. For unknown reasons, her personal items were never distributed or disposed of and they remained storage for decades. Upon the death of Strasberg in 1982, his second wife Anna Strasberg founded The Estate of Marilyn Monroe LCC to licence Marilyn's image and she inherited Marilyn's personal items which she later chose to auction in 1999.

Although described as a catalogue, this is in fact a large heavyweight hardback book. Each page lists individual lots from the sale accompanied by photos of the actual items in 1999 and in some cases, of Marilyn wearing or using them. The quality & content of the book is superb however, reading it is bittersweet as you almost feel like a voyeur into the life of a women who was surprisingly private about her personal life, her home and her small circle of trusted friends.

Items listed include books, clothing, make up, scripts, personal papers, shoes, furniture and household items.

In terms of price, this out of print book differs wildly from seller to seller. I purchased mine in 2013 at the cost of £80/$121 which I considered reasonable as it can be listed for up to £200/$300. Postage costs will reflect the size of the book so expect to pay a premium for that.
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