Marilyn Monroe remains big earner

Central Station | 19 Nov 2018

Marilyn Monroe has made fresh headlines -- and more money for others -- in a Los Angeles auction not far from the home where she died in 1962 at the age of 35 after an overdose of barbiturates.

Her Golden Globe Award sold for US$250,000 (HK$1.94 million) -- a record for such a trophy. She was given the World Film Favorite Female award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1961.

The sale came a day after Monroe's raven-black, two-seater, 1956 Ford Thunderbird was auctioned for a first time and fetched US$490,000.

Monroe, one of the most collectible celebrities, was pictured driving the car with playwright Arthur Miller shortly after their 1956 wedding.

She owned the car for six years until just before her death, gifting it to the son of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg. The anonymous seller tracked the car through various documents. It had undergone restoration but retained many original parts.

And Monroe's copy of Playboy's first issue with her on the cover -- signed by publisher Hugh Hefner -- sold for US$32,000 along with almost a dozen other items owned by the actress.

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