The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe. Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October 1999
New York: Christie's, 1999. 1st Edition. Thick quarto, publisher's red cloth, upper board stamped in silver, red endpapers, photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"I like to feel blonde all over." Christie’s auction catalog for the iconic movie star's estate sale. With 576 lots of clothing, furs, shoes, jewelry, books, makeup, costumes, furniture, scripts, awards, and more on the block, the "Sale of the Century" garnered over $13 million (there were "gasps and applause when [lot 55,] the glittery, formfitting, flesh-colored gown Marilyn had worn when she sang a sultry 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden went for $1.26 million" (Vanity Fair)). This catalog, christened the "Bombshell Bible" by the New York Times, contains hundreds of color and black-and-white photos, with descriptions and estimates for each lot, introductions and reminiscences, biographical information, and a bibliography. Price sticker to rear panel of dust jacket. Light edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #6358