A Marilyn Monroe group of correspondence from Ana Lower

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 311
A Marilyn Monroe group of correspondence from Ana Lower

US$ 1,000 - 2,000£ 780 - 1,600
A Marilyn Monroe group of correspondence from Ana Lower
2 Autograph Letters signed ("Aunt Ana"), 9 pp recto and verso, 12mo, various places including Rochester, Boston, and New York City, May 30, 1946 to June 19, 1946, to Norma Jeane Dougherty (née Marilyn Monroe), on plain stationery, with original transmittal envelopes; and an Autograph Postcard Signed ("Aunt Ana") postmarked June 17, 1946. In the summer of 1946, Norma Jeane Dougherty was establishing residency in Las Vegas in order to divorce her first husband, James Dougherty, who was in the Merchant Marine at the time. She had begun a love affair with photographer Andre de Dienes, one that was much more serious than previously thought. In her letters, Ana Lower, who was the most loving adult figure in Norma Jeane's life, remarks on the reactions she receives when she shows friends Norma Jeane's photographs: "Everyone thinks your pictures are lovely, and I tell them not half so lovely as you really are." As she is traveling during the writing of these letters, Lower describes her experiences, most notably her visit with Norma Jeane's amour, de Dienes. She found him both lovable and "temperamental, as most artists are." In her closing paragraph, she writes of Andre: "I kissed your sweetheart good-bye and I will love him, too–we joked about my being his mother-in-law. I do hope Jimmie [Norma Jeane's soon-to-be ex-husband, whom Ana adored] is not too hurt by all this."
Largest: 8 x 9 in.
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins and Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Wine & Whisky

27.5% on the first $3,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3,000 up to and including $400,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and including $4,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of $4,000,000.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.