Personal items that belonged to famed movie star Marilyn Monroe, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and his niece, actress June DiMaggio, will be offered to fans November 4 to 18, 2015 by Witherell’s global auctions.
“Marilyn and Joe were iconic figures--their marriage was the love story of the century,” said Brian Witherell, “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser and Witherell’s chief operating officer. “They were—and still are—American royalty.
“With the auction, people have a chance to own a personal memento from one of these larger-than-life figures.”
DiMaggio’s niece was close friends with Monroe until Monroe’s death in 1962.
Di Maggio moved to Campus Commons when she retired from Hollywood and lived there until her own death this past year.
TV and radio personality, Mary Jane Popp was a close friend of June DiMaggio for more than 35 years.
Popp was given items belonging to Monroe, the DiMaggios and friends from Hollywood for holidays and other occasions during that time.
“I still have many items June gave me,” said Sacramento resident Popp. “But there are so many fans of Marilyn and Joe out there, I wanted these family treasures to go to others who would also appreciate them.”
Many of the items can be seen in the 2006 book, “Marilyn, Joe & Me,” written by June DiMaggio and Mary Jane Popp.
A number of personal photos of Marilyn taken during DiMaggio family gatherings will be auctioned.
A flowered, Japanese-style kimono that Monroe kept at DiMaggio’s mother’s home to wear when there as well as a coral-colored, long-sleeved Joy Stevens blouse.
A mirror from Sakes Fifth Avenue and other personal items Monroe carried in her purse the day she married DiMaggio should do well in the sale.
The memorial pamphlet from Monroe’s August 8th funeral at Westwood Memorial Park also is part of this very unusual collection.
Because of the uniqueness of the items, there are no comparables and no estimates are being placed on the 50-some lots.
June DiMaggio Estate Featuring Family Collection of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
November 4-18, view more at Witherell's.