Love letters from Joe DiMaggio displayed at the "Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Archives" press preview at The Ross Art Group on Nov. 25, 2014 in New York City.
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By People
December 7, 2014

Some really do like it hot.

Marilyn Monroe’s love letters and personal items sold for sky high prices Saturday when Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills put pieces of celebrity history up for auction.

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As part of its Icons & Idols series, the auction house offered an array of items ranging from James Bond memorabilia and a nude sculpture made by Farrah Fawcett to a slice of Prince William and Kate‘s wedding cake. Among the most spectacular were sales from the “Lost Archives of Marilyn Monroe.”

A love letter from Joe DiMaggio to the screen siren after she said she was divorcing him went for $78,125, while a letter from Arthur Miller to the star pulled in $43,750.

Her black velvet opera coat went for $93,760, and one of her pendant necklaces drew in $34,375. But items that the public didn’t see were just as intriguing to fans. Monroe’s white lacy brassiere sold for $20,000, her small lip brush for $10,000 and a makeup compact for $46,875.

One of the most surprising items was a piece of the 8-tier wedding cake from the 2011 royal wedding, which pulled in $7,500. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Gee Chuang (who founded the online marketplace Listia) took home that treat.

But the biggest ticket item in the sale was the burgundy Caroline Charles coat dress that Princess Diana wore while carrying a young William at the Aberdeen airport – its price was a cool $125,000.

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