For sale: Marilyn Monroe's handwritten love letters

For sale: Marilyn Monroe's handwritten love letters

The 'Lost Archives' to go under the hammer

Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills have announced the sale of a unique slice of history – Marilyn Monroe's personal love letters and never-before-seen mementos and documents that once belonged to the iconic actress

Set to take place next month, Julien's auction of Monroe's personal love letters, momentos and documents features over 300 collectors items. Star lots include handwritten letters between Monroe and other icons of her golden generation including Jane Russell, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and her husbands Arthur Miller, and Joe DiMaggio. 

"I love you and want to be with you," reads one of the letters written by DiMaggio, when Monroe was filing for divorce in 1954 (the very same year she married him), continuing: "There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me."  

Auction owner Darren Julien expects the collection to fetch $1 million or more. The pieces had previously been preserved by a close friend of Monroe's acting coach Lee Strasberg – who was bequeathed the pieces in Monroe's will. 

The rare anthology will also go on display for the general public to view at the Beverly Hills gallery for four days, December 1–4, before it goes under the hammer on December 5 and 6. 

Marilyn Monroe's handwritten love letters

A letter from Monroe to Miller