A Marilyn Monroe signed U.S. Dept. of Defense identification card

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Lot 215
A Marilyn Monroe signed U.S. Dept. of Defense identification card

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
A Marilyn Monroe signed U.S. Dept. of Defense identification card
Card serial no. 129279, undated, signed ("Norma Jeane DiMaggio"), inscribed under the signature by the military policeman who issued the ID, with "VOID" across the body of the document. On the verso of the card, Monroe has stamped her fingerprints in black ink. Accompanied by a press photograph of Monroe visiting the Tokyo Army Hospital on February 5, 1954.
This is the file copy of the ID card issued to Marilyn Monroe during her famous visit to entertain the American soldiers in Korea. Monroe had just married Joe DiMaggio on January 14 of that year, and they traveled to Japan for their honeymoon. She received this ID card from the US Army Provost Marshall's Office in Tokyo before flying to Korea. Monroe performed in ten shows over four days before a total audience of 100,000 soldiers.
In 2008, Bonhams sold Monroe's copy of this ID card, with the date February 8, 1954, the preceding serial number of 128278 and an identical inscription from the MP on duty, for $57,000.
Provenance: Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from the consignor, describing how he purchased the ID card from the estate of one of the military policemen on duty that day.
3 5/8 x 2 3/8 in.
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A Marilyn Monroe signed U.S. Dept. of Defense identification card
A Marilyn Monroe signed U.S. Dept. of Defense identification card
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