Choice bank check, 6 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Monroe, payable to Dr. Eliot Corday for $130, April 27, 1953. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation holes (affecting the first few letters of her signature). Corday was Monroe’s personal physician from 1948 through the mid-1950s, during which time she was attaining great success in her career but steadily declining in her mental and physical health. Around the time of this check Monroe had begun dating Joe DiMaggio, and two of her greatest films—How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—were released in 1953. A wonderful example from this important period of Monroe’s life. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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Bank check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Monroe, payable to Marilyn Monroe for $7500.00, July 13, 1961. Reverse bears a secretarial endorsement. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold, red check mark to right edge, and expected cancellation holes, with none affecting the clean signature area. In unusually clean, bright condition. The year of 1961 proved to be a difficult year for Marilyn. Her divorce from Arthur Miller was finalized in January, and her increasing dependence on alcohol and prescription medications began to take a toll on her health; two days before writing this check, she was discharged from Polyclinic Hospital following gallbladder surgery, which was her fifth hospital stay in a ten-month period. A month later, Joe DiMaggio unsuccessfully asked Marilyn to remarry him in an attempt to save her. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
DS, signed “Norma Jeane Dougherty,” one page, 8.5 x 5.5, July 29, 1946. Supplemental model release reading: “Received from Earl S. Moran the sum of $15.00, in full payment for all services rendered by the undersigned today. In consideration for this payment, I also authorize Earl S. Moran, his personal representatives, assigns, customers, clients, etc., to use my photograph or any painting, print, etc., made therefrom for advertising purposes, or for any other purposes of trade which Earl S. Moran or his assigns may see fit.” Signed at the conclusion by Monroe, “Norma Jeane Dougherty,” adding her West Los Angeles address under her signature. In fine condition, with a uniform block of light toning from previous display. Earl Moran, one of the great pin-up artists of all time, hired Norma Jeane from the Blue Book Agency to model for him, paying her $10 an hour. Over the next three years, Moran would continue to hire Marilyn on and off, providing a fairly steady source of income for her during those erratic, hungry years. Marilyn was once quoted as saying, ‘Earl saved my life many a time.’ On the same date this document was signed, Monroe made her debut in Hedda Hopper’s gossip column, being tied to a romantic affair with Howard Hughes. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Bank check, 6 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Monroe, payable to Cash for $10.00, September 12, 1953. Reverse is endorsed by Monroe’s hairdresser, Gladys McAllister. In fine condition, with stamps and cancellation holes to body, with show-through from a stamp on reverse. At the time of cutting this check, Monroe was in the final weeks of filming River of No Return, having returned to Los Angeles from Calgary, Alberta, where she injured her ankle and wound up in a cast. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., business check, 8 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Marilyn Monroe, payable to Sutton Motors, Inc. for $58.33, dated December 5, 1959; and a Yankee Clipper Enterprises, Inc. business check, 6 x 2.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Joe DiMaggio, “Joseph DiMaggio,” payable to Allegheny for $79.00, dated November 1, 1987. Both checks are double-matted and framed together with a color copy of a copy of their marriage certificate and five photos of the couple, to an overall size of 31 x 29. In fine condition, with bank stamp to body of Monroe’s check touching the opening stroke of her signature, and a red check mark to the end of DiMaggio’s signature, as well as some light show-through from stamps on reverse. An impressive display of the iconic pair. Oversized. RR Auction COA.
Fantastic vintage souvenir folder featuring a color image of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 6 x 4.25, signed in blue ballpoint by Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum, and pencil by Douglas Spencer. Souvenir folds out to contain eight panels with color images of the Mounted Police. In fine condition, with trivial corner tip dings. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from a collector which states that his mother personally obtained the signatures during the filming of Otto Preminger’s film River of No Return, which featured all three actors and was filmed in Alberta, Canada. The letter notes that “all three persons were very co-operative especially Marilyn Monroe.” A remarkable piece with an interesting story behind it. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Lovely unique vintage matte-finish 8.75 x 13 photo, affixed to a 12 x 18 mount, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint “To John, My friend and loyal fan, Marilyn.” Collector’s notation on reverse reads, “January 8, 1955, New York City.” In very good condition, with a couple of repaired tears and creases to right edge (one affecting the word “fan”), signature and inscription a shade or two light, and a couple small spots to her neck. Accompanied by a photocopied 1988 letter from John W. Reilly stating this “is a photograph taken by myself personally, and that the signature which appears on it is a true and authentic signature of Marilyn Monroe written by her in my presence.” A fantastic and almost certainly unique portrait of the Hollywood icon. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.