Saturday, April 23, 2011

Personal Letter from a 16-Year-Old Marilyn Monroe Sells for $52,460

Britain's Daily Mail reports, "A never-before-seen letter penned by 16-year-old newly married Marilyn Monroe describing her early life as a desperate housewife has surfaced after 69 years. Signed 'Norma', and written in pencil, the eight-pages long letter dated September 14, 1942 is addressed to her foster mother Grace Goddard."

According to the article, it was sent from Van Nuys, California on Sept. 14, 1942 which goes on to say, ""The actress describes her married life with 21-year-old James Dougherty, saying: 'He really keeps me busy cleaning the house and fixing meals, everybody told me that it is quite a responsibility being a housewife, and boy, I'm finding it out. But it really is a lot of fun."

The letter was sold at an auction for $52,460 by Los Angeles-based auction house, Bonhams and Butterfields which had placed a pre-sale estimate of  $25,000- $30,000 on letter and envelope.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more on this story and to see a copy of her handwritten letter, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM