The auction for 300 letters belonging to the iconic actress would take place on December 5-6 in Beverly Hills, reported Ace Showbiz.
An auction for the memorabilia in ‘Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Archives’, held by Julian’s Auctions, comprises of some heartfelt letters from the actress’ former husband Joe DiMaggio.
The letters were sent amid their separation in 1954. “I love you and want to be with you. There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me,” he told her in one letter.
The baseball player also expressed his feelings when Monroe announced their split on TV. “My heart split even wider seeing you cry in front of all these people,” he said.
Monroe talked about her insecurities in a letter addressed to her husband, playwright Arthur Miller. Letters from Clark Gable, Cary Grant and Jane Russell are also included in the collection.
In her will, Monroe gave the collection to her acting mentor Lee Strasberg. He then passed the collection to a friend whom he believed would take care a great care for the letters. Many of the letters in the collection are now still in pristine condition.
“It really gives you the chills when you read some of the stuff and see the intimacy and the personal nature of it,” said auction curator Martin Nolan.
The auction house predicts that many fans will be interested in the bid. The collection is expected to fetch as much as USD 1 million.