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1954 Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Signed Autograph Sheet - Signed "Marilyn Monroe DiMaggio" - PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $8,400
Rare signature sheet signed by both Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio during the short nine-month period of their marriage in 1954. This is one of the most extraordinary Monroe and DiMaggio signed items we have ever seen because Monroe has signed her name "Marilyn Monroe DiMaggio." Monroe's full inscription, penned in blue ink (grading "9") reads "To Thyra/Warmest regards to a/sweet person/Marilyn Monroe DiMaggio." DiMaggio's signature, scripted in black ink ("9'), appears directly below Monroe's. This sheet, which is actually a page from a large autograph album, features not only the signatures of Monroe and DiMaggio, but a number of other "A" list celebrities at the time, including Lee J. Cobb, Pat Crowley, and Charles Carrell ("Andy" from "Amos and Andy"). The sheet comes with the impeccable provenance of having originated from an autograph album kept by Thyra Varrick, who was a hostess at the Will Wright's ice-cream parlor located next to the famous Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. As such, all but one of the entries is personalized "To Thyra" by the respective star. This is one of a number of autographed sheets we have seen over the years originating from Varrick's album. Monroe was a frequent visitor to Will Wright's ice cream parlor, a fact documented in a 1952 interview she gave to Pageant Magazine. In the article, titled "How I Stay in Shape," Monroe discusses her strict diet and exercise routine, but also confesses that she has a sweet tooth: “It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day, for in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes.” Items signed by Monroe and DiMaggio dating from their brief marriage are exceedingly rare and this is the first such piece we have ever offered. Monroe and DiMaggio were married on January 14, 1954, but just nine months later, on October 27th, the couple was officially divorced, with Monroe citing mental cruelty as the grounds for the split. While we do not know exactly when Monroe and DiMaggio signed this sheet, the signature by Charles Carrell (on the opposite side) is dated "7-23-54," so we can safely assume that DiMaggio and Monroe signed it at approximately the same time. All of the other inscriptions and signatures on the sheet (seven total: I. W. Hayes, Lee J. Cobb, Kay McTernan, Bob Pastor, Pat Crowley, Charles Carrell, and one other that is illegible) are scripted in blue or black ink and grade "9" on average. The sheet (8.5 x 10.75 inches) displays a rough left border resulting from its removal from the album and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,400
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