Americas & Beyond
|Marilyn Monroe X-Rays Snapped Up for $45,000|
Belinda Goldsmith - Reuters
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June 28, 2010
Los Angeles – Three X-rays of Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe's chest and pelvis taken during a hospital visit have sold for more than 10 times their pre-sale estimates, earning $45,000 (29,800 pounds).
|This image provided by Julien's Auctions shows a chest X-ray of actress Marilyn Monroe taken on Nov. 10, 1954 at then-Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. A set of three Monroe X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit sold Sunday, June 27, 2010 for $45,000 at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP/Julien's Auctions)|
Auction house Julien's said in a statement that the sale was part of an auction of Hollywood Legends memorabilia which took place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend with the X-rays expected to go for $800 to $1,200 each.
The highlights of the sale had toured Ireland, Japan and China before finally going under the hammer.
The Monroe X-rays came from a 1954 visit by the actress to the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. The actress died in August 1962 at the age of 36.
Other items also sold at the auction included a chair from Monroe's last photo shoot that went for $35,000, Christopher Reeves' Superman VI costume which sold for $32,500 and a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face" which went for $56,250.
A crystal-studded glove from Michael Jackson's "Victory" Tour sold for $190,000 at an earlier Music Icons sale held by Julien's Auctions at Planet Hollywood.
The prices included the buyer's premium.
(Editing by Paul Casciato)