(11 May 2012) LEADIN
Never-before-seen belongings of the Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe, are on display in Los Angeles.
The show marks the 50th anniversary of the movie star's death at the age of 36.
One of the world's most iconic actresses, Marilyn Monroe, is the star of a million dollar exhibition of some of her most personal belongings.
It's taking place here in Hollywood, 50 years after her premature death. Over 50,000 fans from all over the world are expected to arrive to commemorate the anniversary.
This exhibit is housed inside an old bank vault, and the contents inside are valuable - maybe priceless because of their association with Monroe.
The Marilyn Bank Vault Collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not is Hollywood's ultimate homage to Marilyn, remembering an era and commemorating the queen of the town.
Among the many Marilyn items are a hand knitted cardigan, currently valued at USD $170,000. She wore this on her last photo shoot.
These are all personal items belonging to the owner of the Ripley's company.
Andrea Silverman, general manager of Ripley's Believe It Or Not says: "We have her famous sweater which was actually the last photograph that she did before her death. You're gong to see her makeup case. It took her over three hours to do her makeup. You guys have to come see all the cool stuff that we have. We have her shoes. We have her nightgown when she was married to Joe DiMaggio for her honeymoon"
Personal items include a dresser top of Marilyn's cosmetics and makeup case.
She was rumoured to take three hours to put on her makeup on every morning.
An old Revlon nail polish bottle sits next to an Erno Laszlo face cream, lavender smelling salts, and an Elizabeth Arden eyeshadow.
This black lingerie was worn by Marilyn for baseball legend Joe DiMaggio on their wedding night.
Slippers with glass and white faux fur straps were valued 10 years ago at over USD $100,000.
Also on display is a USD $12,000 lace nightcap as well as a bathing suit that was quite scandalous at the time for being a midriff baring two piece, in US size 16.
A polka dot dress on show is known as the willpower dress because it took sheer willpower in the 50s to wear a strapless dress.
Head scarves on display were worn to shield herself from the paparazzi.
Jeanne Wolf, a veteran Hollywood journalist says: "We loved and adored her and still do. There's something about her very strong. You know she came form utter poverty. She should have had absolutely no exceptions in life and rose to be well arguably the most famous movie star in the world. There was something about her, that no one looked like her. No one reminded you of her. She invented herself. She created herself and in the midst of all of that, there was something so utterly exposed and fragile about her."
Her dresses on display showcase her well documented size fluctuations.
Going from 37-23-34 and a US size two when she began her career to 38-23-36 in 1962 - a US size 12.
A larger than life poster shows her famous dress blowing scene from the movie "The Seven Year Itch."
There are 40 pairs of shoes on display, including a pair of red Salvatore Ferragamo shoes which he made just for her.
There is a copy of Marilyn's footprints in cement that were given personally to Sid Grauman, the owner of the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
They were made in 1953 on the night of the premiere of the classic film 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'.
A lock of her hair as a child sits in a drawer for tourists to get a glimpse of. It is reported she experimented with 10 different blonde shades before deciding on her legendary platinum colour.
Wolf says people will like the feeling of being inside the vault to see her things.
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I was interested tapping on this but now it gives me a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it was the girl about a minute in but it feels like a human zoo... the nightgown she wore on her honeymoon night... ooh. Not really
I really really don't think she would've liked the idea of Hugh Hefner being buried on top of her like he is. In life,her entire life,she was surrounded by wolves. And now even in death some man is pushing up on her 😞 What a travesty
Sorry but these are not unseen items. I saw all her stuff that was being auctioned off here in the UK at Christies Auctioneers in London before it all went to New York for auction. Her make up, her dresses, her shoes and yes that famous cardigan she wore on the beach.
I do know why no let dead in peace a mareling, and have one man who clamed the him have one house the mareling sleep whit the president this is to much , i thing the beuty seret the mareling is she bornd a man , the women no have this small hips and we have celulitys
Can her childhood hair lock be so blonde when she was actually a brown haired girl from the very beginning? It may be hers, maybe a very light brown, but to me it looks more of her hair lock from her twenties, when she had her hair dyed blonde.
Marilyn took a long time to dress for an occasion, including makeup. But, she wasn't working on herself that entire time. Let's just say she piddled, a lot. She didn't want to be rushed. She just wanted to be her best, no matter how long that took. If she was late, which often happened, well, so be it.
Neil Dickson Actually many times she was just too afraid to come out of the dressing room because she felt what she had to give was not good enough. Wow...she was so unaware of her appeal which was enormous and infectious.
I looked and finally found a Fibre Products case similar to the one that she owned and love it! they are from the 1940's and do stand the test of time! But I would love to her's up close! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Marilyn!
Who said Christian fundies will never amount to anything? Marilyn Monroe was raised Pentecostal [ok, she left], yet she became the most famous actress of all time. I'll give her credit for that! And I am quite irreligious.
Rain Drifter Overall making her up must have taken for hours from start to finish depending how she felt and what was she preparing for. She sometimes ruined the make up so it had to be reapplied because she felt so unsure and needed the delay.
To the people saying some of the items weren't hers-
a) did you personally know her well enough to know every single item the woman owned?
b)just because something "looks too new" doesn't mean it wasn't hers! It could very well have been preserved properly and kept nicely stored somewhere over the years.
There's no 100% way to know of every item she owned. Stop being smartasses.
The George Barris photo of her with the sweater was NOT the last photograph taken. The Barris photos were shot between June 29-31. MM's hairdresser Agnes Flanagan's bill (affidavit) shows the dates for this and other things for getting the hair prepared. MM's last professional photos were for a LIFE magazine shoot on July 6th.
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