The Scout: Marilyn Monroe’s Mexican furniture at Julien’s Auctions


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Celebrity memorabilia is a fickle market. On June 14, a blank check from the account of Marilyn Monroe sold for $146 in a Bonhams auction at which Estelle Getty’s ‘Golden Girls’ purse fetched more than nine grand. This weekend, Julien’s Auctions, which has handled sales for the Ozzy Osbourne family and Michael Jackson, will attempt to raise Monroe’s status with a collection of personal possessions from the blond bombshell’s home in Brentwood. Among the items going on the block in Las Vegas this weekend are tiles and furniture Monroe purchased on a trip to Mexico to decorate the Spanish home where she was found dead on Aug. 5, 1962. The folding benches, here, are part of a set of four estimated to sell (along with a photograph of them in the house) for between $5,000 and $7,000. For bidding information, click here.
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--David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Julien’s Auctions

One of the folding benches as it appeared in a period photograph of Monroe’s home.

This Mexican bench with scalloped trim, is expected to sell for $8,000 to $10,000.


As shown here in a vintage photograph, Monroe kept it in the entryway to her Brentwood home.

Monroe also purchased painted Mexican ceramic tiles for her kitchen. This pair are estimated to sell for $200-$300.