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Marilyn Monroe Autograph
A Marilyn Monroe autograph varies in price a great deal. Just a Marilyn Monroe autograph alone can cost around $2,000 – $3,000 and a check can cost that same amount. Be aware that most basic Marilyn Monroe autograph examples are forgeries or signed by a secretary. Also, a warning on Marilyn Monroe autograph checks. Some are excellent laser copies, so beware of what you’re buying. If it is framed, open the frame and consult an expert to look at it. A Marilyn Monroe autograph on a contract can sell for between $3,000 – $5,000. A Marilyn Monroe autograph on a photo will now cost between $15,000 – $20,000. For a Marilyn Monroe signed photo, most are again forgeries and secretarially signed with little or no value. A Marilyn Monroe autograph and Norma Jean Dougherty autograph together on a contract will currently sell for around $20,000 a handwritten letter from Marilyn will probably range for $30,000 – $125,000. Here are our Marilyn Monroe autograph prices realized:
Gorgeous Marilyn Monroe Signed Photo Measuring 11” x 14” — Given by Marilyn to One of the Dancers in the Famous Dance Scene From ”Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
Marilyn Monroe signed photo measuring 11” x 14”, unusual not only for its size, scarcity and near fine condition, but also for its association to Marilyn’s most famous movie scene. Marilyn inscribes the photo in large blue ink, ”To Dru, It’s wonderful to work with you again / Marilyn Monroe”. Dru is the nickname for Drusilla Davis, who dances alongside Marilyn in ”Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” during the song ”Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, where Marilyn is outfitted in her pink satin dress, adorned with diamonds. Matte photo is near fine, with a bit of edgewear along margins. Contemporary note on verso reads, ”’Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ / March 6, 1953 / last day”. From the estate of Drusilla Davis and also with University Archives COA. Sold for $27,684.
One of the First Documents that Marilyn Signs “Marilyn Monroe” as She Just Changed Her Name — This Hollywood February 1947 Contract is Signed Both “Marilyn Monroe” and “Norma Jeane Dougherty”
Incredible typed letter signed as both “Norma Jeane Dougherty” and “Marilyn Monroe” dated 10 February 1947. This contract amendment with 20th Century Fox, states that the studio is exercising its right to extend Monroe’s contract by sixth months. This is one of the first signatures as “Marilyn Monroe”, as her name change was a request of Fox, stipulated in the original contract that this amends. This document is dated the day before the release of the first movie featuring Monroe (uncredited), “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim.” Contract allows a glimpse into the career beginnings of one of the most glamorous Hollywood stars of all time. In part: “…This letter, when accepted by you, will confirm our mutual understanding and agreement relative to the amendment of your contract of employment with us, dated August 24, 1946, as follows, but not otherwise: It is mutually understood and agreed that we do hereby exercise the option granted to us by the terms of your said contract of employment with us to extend the term of the employment thereby created for a period of six (6) months, commencing February 26, 1947, and you do hereby acknowledge the due and timely exercise of the aforesaid option…” One year later, in August 1947, Fox opted not to renew Monroe’s contract. 8.5″ x 11″ single-page letter on 20th Century Fox letterhead is in near fine condition. An outstanding piece of movie history. A very rare version of a Marilyn Monroe autograph. Sold for $20,939.
The Most Important Marilyn Monroe Autograph Item to Come to Market — Probably the First Document that Marilyn Signs “Marilyn Monroe” As She Just Changed Her Name — This Hollywood January 1947 Contract is Signed Both “Marilyn Monroe” and “Norma Jeane Dougherty”
Incredible typed letter signed as both “Norma Jeane Dougherty” and “Marilyn Monroe” dated 21 January 1947. Monroe informs Harry Lipton at the Elise Cukor-Lipton Agency of the transfer of her contract. In full: “This will notify you that under date of January 10, 1947 I mailed a registered letter with return receipt requested to National Concert & Artists Corporation, 9059 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles 46, California discharging them as my agents and stating that I wish my agency contract transferred to you at Elise Cukor-Lipton Agency, 9157 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California. I have been informed by National Concert and Artists Corporation that my files and pictures are available for pick up. Will you please acknowledge receipt of this letter.” Single page measures 8.5″ x 11″. In very good condition, with uniform moderate toning to the page, a bit heavier at edges, not detracting at all from the crisp and precise signatures. A very scarce version of a Marilyn Monroe autograph. Sold for $19,036.
One of the Best, Most Classic, Provocative and Sexy Marilyn Monroe In-Her-Prime 8″ x 10″ Signed Photos One Could Hope to Own — PSA/DNA COA
Vintage glossy 8″ x 10″ portrait of Monroe in a typically sultry pose and wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, signed and inscribed in green ink, “To Gil, Love and Kisses, Marilyn Monroe.” In fine condition, with very minimal smearing, scattered light marks and creases and trimmed edges. This stunning pose was taken by Frank Powolny as head portrait and still photographer at 20th Century-Fox, where he worked for more than 40 years. Dating to the early 1950s, this pose was taken at a time when Powolny was capturing Monroe as part of a publicity campaign for “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”a campaign designed to groom the starlet as Betty Grable’s replacement as the studio’s resident sex symbol. The best Marilyn Monroe autograph on a photo one could hope to own. With PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $12,017.
Beautiful Marilyn Monroe Autograph on a Photograph — Original Cecil Beaton Silver Gelatin Print — With PSA/DNA COA
Exquisite Marilyn Monroe autograph ed and inscribed Cecil Beaton photograph, “To Eddie / Love & Kisses / Marilyn Monroe”. An astonishingly large piece with Marilyn’s inscription alone measuring over 10″ x 2.5″. Original silver gelatin Cecil Beaton photo measures 9.25″ x 9″, which has been mounted to linen cardstock measuring 14″ x 15″. Upon this mat Marilyn inscribed the photo in blue ball point pen to Eddie, the brother of actor Ray Foster who appeared with Marilyn in the 1960 film “Let’s Make Love.” Top right triangular portion of mat has been cut away though not affecting photograph. Additionally, there is uniform oval toning on the mat from a previous framing. A proper framing will conceal the variation in color between this portion and the rest of the mat. Marilyn’s signature remains bold and vibrant and the photograph is still in near fine condition. This photo, incidentally, is known to be Marilyn’s very favorite image of herself and a similar signed photo from her collection sold at Christie’s for nearly $150,000. A rare Marilyn Monroe autograph. With PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $12,000.
Fantastic Marilyn Monroe Signed 8” x 10” Photo — ”…Love & Kisses…” — With COA’s From Both PSA/DNA & JSA
Marilyn Monroe autograph on an 8” x 10” photo. Flirtatious photo of the curvy screen legend shows Marilyn posing with a guitar in fishnet stockings, likely from her 1954 film, ”River of No Return”. Marilyn inscribes the photo in green ink, ”To Dwane / Love & Kisses / Marilyn Monroe”. Some creasing and a near invisible .25” of surface loss to the L of ”Marilyn”. Overall in very good condition. Has restoration. Gorgeous Marilyn Monroe photo with a dark green Marilyn Monroe autograph. Accompanied by COA’s from both PSA/DNA and JSA. Sold for $10,313.
Marilyn Monroe autograph on an 8″ x 10″ photo, showing the actress looking confident and alluring. This scarce costume test photo was taken for Monroe’s role as “Roberta” in the 1951 film “Love Nest,” released just before the explosion of her Hollywood career. Lower left corner is signed and inscribed in bright green ink, “To Renie, Love & best wishes, Marilyn”. Renie Conley worked as the costume designer on three of Monroe’s films. Minor crease to bottom left corner and a few small pencil marks to verso. Overall in very good to near fine condition. Very young and innocent Marilyn Monroe autograph. (#44421). Sold for $9,589.
Fantastic 1946 document with a Marilyn Monroe autograph as Norma Jeane Dougherty, one year before she changed her name. Here, Monroe signs a release as a model, allowing celebrity photographer Earl Moran to use her images in exchange for $10. Beneath her signature, ”Norma Jeane Dougherty”, she handwrites her address: ”11348 Nebraska Ave.” Marilyn also pens the date of 11 March 1946. Monroe posed for her friend, pin-up artist Earl Moran several times during the late 1940’s, with this session being their first, producing the famous image of Monroe, sans bikini top, laying on floor cushions. Of Moran’s work, Marilyn said that he made her legs appear more attractive in his photographs. Document measures 8.5” x 5.5”. A two-inch and one- inch tear are present at the top left and top center respectively. A single piece of tape on the verso mounts the page to a paper board. Very good condition. A truly spectacular piece of Hollywood history. A scarce Marilyn Monroe autograph. Sold for $8,908.
Marilyn Monroe class photo, uncommonly signed with a Marilyn Monroe autograph as Norma Jean Baker. The star is pictured here as a student at Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School, class of summer 1941. Her autograph inscription to a classmate at the Davis, California school appears on verso in blue ink, ”To a swell nice + perfect girl / Norma Jean Baker”. A circle has been lightly drawn around the inscription in pencil to distinguish it from the dozens of others. Glossy photo measures 24.75” x 8”. Partial vertical split on left and major creasing with some surface loss along creases. The rarest Marilyn Monroe autograph that we have ever handled. Overall good condition. Sold for $6,083.
Beautiful Example of a Marilyn Monroe Autograph in an Autograph Album — “To Annette / Warmest Regards / Marilyn Monroe” — Album Also Has Joe DiMaggio’s Signature Together With Marilyn’s
Bold, clear Marilyn Monroe autograph on a paper leaf in an autograph album, circa 1954. Here, Monroe signs at the height of her fame: “To Annette / Warmest Regards / Marilyn Monroe” in blue ink. Album also includes page signed by Joe DiMaggio, who was married to Monroe in 1954, “Best Wishes / from / Joe DiMaggio”. Other autographs include Dom DiMaggio, Ed Sullivan and Edward R. Murrow. Light wear to album with front joint splitting; interior near fine with only a hint of toning. A dark Marilyn Monroe autograph. Sold for $3,176.
Marilyn Monroe Autograph on Her Check Written Entirely in Her Hand
Check signed in full “Marilyn Monroe” filled out entirely in her hand. Dated 22 January 1953 for $50.00, check is payable to “Mr. Robert Lambport [sic]” and endorsed on Lamport on the verso. Small cancellation holes and some writing in red on front of check, both from bank processing. Also present is recipient’s bank stamp on verso. Very clean otherwise with no chipping or tears. Very good condition. Lovely Marilyn Monroe autograph. Sold for $3,000.
Photo display featuring signature of legendary screen siren Marilyn Monroe. Monroe signs to slip measuring 3.75” x 3.5”, underneath a 7.5” x 9.5” color photograph of the star, both of which are beautifully matted and framed to a size of 19.75” x 12.25”. Fold through signature, overall very good. Beautiful Marilyn Monroe autograph. With PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $2,813.
Marilyn Monroe autograph on her check signed ”Marilyn Monroe”, made out fully in the star’s hand, dated 22 May 1953. Check is addressed to a Mrs. Gladys Mertz for $200, drawn on the Bank of America Laurel-Sunset branch. Measures 5.75” x 2.25”. Light creasing, discreet cancellation holes and remnants of a red stamp. Overall in very good condition with clear, bold writing. Marilyn’s check comes matted and framed with an Elton John signed booklet of sheet music to ”Candle in the Wind,” his song commemorating her life. Dark Marilyn Monroe autograph. Frame measures 29.25” x 21.25”. Sold for $2,520.
To buy, consign or sell a Marilyn Monroe autograph, even a Marilyn Monroe autograph as Norma Jean or a Marilyn Monroe autograph on a glamour photo, please email Nate at Nate@NateDSanders.com or phone (310) 440-2982. Thank you.
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