Marilyn Monroe Collection
Appraised Value: $18,000 - $20,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:54)
APPRAISER: What you've brought here I think is a fantastic collection of probably one of the most well known movie stars of our time, Marilyn Monroe. As we all know, she was Norma Jean Baker, born in 1926, and what you've done here is to put an impressive collection of her memorabilia together. This particular picture came from her own personal collection and it was at age 14. What shows the development of a movie starlet going from this age to her first modeling job, which was with the modeling agency at ten dollars per day. This is a completely unpublished photograph from a private collection that came through her business manager. We also have a wonderful doll that belonged to Marilyn Monroe. Why don't you tell me more about that.
GUEST: I bought this from Bebe Goddard, who was her foster sister...
GUEST: …and Bebe tells us that this was a gift to Marilyn--Norma Jean at the time--from her Aunt Anna,and it was cherished by Marilyn throughout her childhood.
APPRAISER: It's a wonderful period German doll with porcelain hands and feet and face along with some other photographs of hers that were unpublished and also a 1942 yearbook of hers when she was a sophomore in high school.
APPRAISER: Have you any idea what you think that this might be worth?
GUEST: No, not a clue. I've accumulated them piecemeal, so I-- I really don't know.
APPRAISER: This collection is worth between $18,000 and $20,000.
GUEST: Wow. That's excellent. That is excellent news. Thank you.
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