The private letters of Marilyn Monroe are set to go under the hammer next month at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles, along with never-seen-before mementos and documents.
The auction, titled 'Marilyn Monroe's Lost Archives', will be made up of 300 items with the most touching pieces in the collection consisting of heartwarming letters between Monroe and her contemporaries including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes co-star Jane Russell, The Misfits co-star Clark Gable and ex-husband Arthur Miller.
The most poignant letter, however, is one written by her second husband Joe DiMaggio. In 1954, Monroe filed for divorce from the baseball player leading to these heartbreaking words: 'I love you and want to be with you. There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me.'
Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio captured in happier times on their wedding day.
Monroe divorced DiMaggio in the same year they married citing 'mental cruelty' but the couple remained in regular contact for the rest of Marilyn's life and DiMaggio never married again. When he died in 1999, his last words were 'I'll finally get to see Marilyn.'
There is no doubt that the auction will shed new light on the enigma that was Marilyn Monroe. Auction curator, Martin Nolan commented: "It really gives you the chills when you read some of the stuff and see the intimacy and the personal nature of it.'
The collection goes on display for fans to view at the Beverly Hills gallery for four days before it auctions on December 5 and 6.
Time to book that flight, maybe?
By Kat Lister