A Marilyn Monroe letter handwritten to Joe DiMaggio, probably 1962
Lot 1009
A Marilyn Monroe letter handwritten to Joe DiMaggio, probably 1962
Sold for US$ 36,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Marilyn Monroe letter handwritten to Joe DiMaggio, probably 1962
Penned in blue ballpoint ink on a folded piece of off-white stationery, note reads in full Dear Joe, / If I can only succeed / in making you happy - / I will have succeeded / in the biggest and most / difficult thing there is - / that is to make one person / completely happy. Joe;" Evidently unfinished, this letter is almost identical to another one that was found amongst Monroe's possessions after her death [see footnote]. In that note, the verbiage is exactly the same with the exception of an extra sentence and a misspelling as well as two scribble marks (as if her ink was running out). The piece offered in this lot was likely written after the other one as she corrected the word "bigest" to "biggest." Frustratingly for us, Monroe never finished this (or the other) note, so we'll never know what her intentions were, however, many Monroe experts have speculated that she and DiMaggio were getting back together and that she may even have been composing this letter on the last day of her life.
7 x 5 1/2in

Footnotes

  • FOOTNOTE:
    Coincidentally, a photocopy of the first letter (not the one being offered in this lot) was seen in the recent October 2008 issue of 'Vanity Fair' magazine on page 329.
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