Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) present “Icons & Idols: Hollywood” a live auction in Beverly Hills and online at JuliensLive.com on December 17 and 18.
“Julien’s Auctions and TCM have announced an exclusive collection of iconic items to be presented in this blockbuster curated by the auction house to the stars together with Hollywood’s most revered purveyor of classic movies’ “Julien’s Auctions And TCM Present: Icons & Idols: Hollywood,” taking place live Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th in Beverly Hills and online at JuliensLive.com,” according to the website.
Among the pieces for auction are Marilyn Monroe’s personal belongings, including a note from Stanley Gifford, the star’s father. A report by PEOPLE states that “more than 175 items once associated with Marilyn Monroe are going up for auction.
The pieces are set to headline Julien’s Auctions and TCM Present: Icons & Idols Hollywood, which will be held live both in person and online next month, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal. One of the most notable items in the collection is a handwritten note from Charles Stanley Gifford, who was recently proven to be the father of the late screen legend via DNA testing.”
The same article notes: “This card is the only known material artifact that establishes any connection or communication between Gifford and his famous daughter,” reads a release, which also adds that it is believed Gifford hand-delivered the card to Monroe while she was in the hospital.
PEOPLE further reports: “I discovered the card purely by chance while I was preparing Marilyn’s personal archives for auction at Julien’s Auctions,” said Scott Fortner, Marilyn Monroe historian/collector and co-host of the All Things Marilyn podcast. “This is the only known documented evidence of a relationship between Monroe and Gifford, which solves the mystery of whether or not she knew or had contact with her biological father.”
A related story by Vanity Fair reads: The card, which features a little girl standing on a musical note, is expected to be sold for between $2,000 and $3,000. “Dear Marylyn,” the handwritten message inside begins, with Monroe’s name spelled incorrectly. The card’s pre-written text then reads, “This cheery little get-well note comes specially to say that lots of thoughts and wishes, too, are with you every day.” To which Gifford added, “a little prayer too,” signing the card, “Stanley Gifford, Red Rock Dairy Farm, Hemet, Calif.” The Hollywood icon’s real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson and she was born to Gladys Pearl Baker, one of Gifford’s former co-workers. However, Monroe did not have a relationship with her father growing up. The auction’s press release explains, “It is believed that Gifford did not want to upset his wife and children by allowing Monroe to be part of his life.”
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