A 1955 letter to Marlene Dietrich from
"The Hollywood Museum is in the historic Max Factor building and is the perfect home for this exhibit since it is actually here where the legendary Max Factor originally designed Marlene Dietrich's glamorous and famous look," said Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the museum in a statement.
In 2012, three of Dietrich's grandsons-- the late production designer J. Michael Riva, J. David Riva and J. Paul Riva--decided to hold an auction of their grandmother's collectibles.
"For us, the memory of our grandmother has always been powerful and enduring, and while we have enjoyed having these mementos, we felt it was time to let them go to people that would even appreciate them more," said David Riva in a statement.
Though many items, including the Hemingway letter, are for the serious collector, Riva said some pieces are "the most utilitarian, simple and affordable. If you want to eat your soft-boiled egg from an egg cup from Marlene's table, now's your chance."
The glamorous German-born actress/singer made an international sensation in 1930 in
Among her numerous classic films are 1932's "Shanghai Express," "1939's "Destry Rides Again" and 1957's
Dietrich died in Paris in 1992 at the age of 90.