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Marilyn Auction Tops $13M in Sales

October 29, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ The two-day auction of Marilyn Monroe’s personal property _ from her driver’s license to her glamorous dresses _ ended Thursday with sales topping $13.4 million.

Bids again soared above preauction estimates at Christie’s auction house.

A traveling makeup case with a presale estimate of between $1,000 and $1,500 sold for $266,500, the highest of the more than 500 lots that were auctioned Thursday. The case, which included an assortment of cosmetics, was sold to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Other high bids included $145,500 for a temporary driver’s license issued to Monroe in California in 1956, also purchased by Ripley’s, and $90,500 for the certificate of Monroe’s conversion to Judiasm signed by Monroe and her third husband, Arthur Miller. The certificate’s buyer was not identified.

All prices included commission.

Items up for bid came from all parts of Monroe’s life _ her books, scripts, home furnishings, clothing.

The first day of the auction on Wednesday was reserved for 54 high-profile items. The biggest seller was the form-fitting dress Monroe wore to serenade President Kennedy with ``Happy Birthday″ at a party at Madison Square Garden in 1962. It sold for $1.26 million.

Monroe left all her belongings to her acting coach, method acting guru Lee Strasberg. His widow, Anna Strasberg, sold the items.

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