Monroe items fetch $150,000
A painting by Marilyn Monroe was auctioned off with her personal phone book with numbers for Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and scores of other celebrities for more than $150,000. The 1962 painting of a red rose was initially inscribed to President Kennedy, but she never gave it to him, said Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien's Auctions, which organized the June 4 auction of Monroe memorabilia. The small, brown leather phone book contains hundreds of typed numbers and addresses for everyone from her dry cleaner and doctor to famous friends such as Peter Lawford, Henry Fonda, Desi Arnaz and Jean Kennedy Smith, as well as ex-husbands Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller. Five phone numbers are listed for Sinatra. Her estate sold the phone book for $90,000 to GoldenPalace.com. The painting went for $78,000 to collector David Davis, who runs an art gallery in Rhode Island.