Celebrate Her 90th Birthday with the Top 10 Marilyn Monroe Collectibles

Celebrate Her 90th Birthday with the Top 10 Marilyn Monroe Collectibles

Marilyn Monroe is widely considered to be Hollywood's most iconic starlet. The embodiment of sex appeal during the 1950s and '60s, her tragic, and somewhat conspiracy-laden death, further immortalized her as a pop culture legend. As such, Marilyn Monroe collectibles and memorabilia are always in demand and routinely see significant returns.

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A high-profile relationship with the Kennedy family and a short-lived marriage to Joe DiMaggio only added to her fame as America's most identifiable sex symbol. Monroe's filmography includes appearances in over ten feature films. She earned critical acclaim and award nominations for her role in the 1956 film Bust Stop. However, it was her sultry roles in movies like Some Like it Hot, The Seven Year Itch, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes that truly showcased her star power and appeal.

Renewed fascination with American pop culture, particularly overseas, has caused the value of Marlyn Monroe memorabilia to skyrocket in recent years. This combined with a finite supply of authentic collectibles has led to a surge in prices and demand

Marilyn Monroe collectibles run the gambit from personal items, autographed material and movie memorabilia to photographs, limited-edition collectibles, trading cards and more. Given her popularity, that tends to result in plenty of low quality reproductions and outright fakes, so do your research. Despite this, a huge market exists for Marilyn Monroe collectors, with plenty of quality options. The guide below looks at the ten most popular categories of Marilyn Monroe collectibles.

Top 10 Marilyn Monroe Collectibles

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Marilyn Monroe Movie-Worn Costumes and Jewelry

Jewelry and wardrobe that Marilyn Monroe wore on screen can fetch astronomical sums at auction. It is not uncommon for such pieces to reach five and even six figures when they come up for sale. Often times in the collecting world, items become collectible long after their originally intended use has expired. This was not the case with Marilyn Monroe. People she worked with, from costume designers, wardrobe directors and prop masters knew she was something special. As a result, many of her movie-worn or used props and wardrobe pieces have survived.

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Marilyn Monroe Signed Correspondence Letters

Hand-written letters by Marilyn Monroe or any correspondence related to her movie and modeling career carry a significant premium over other types of Monroe-signed items. Fans and collectors with deep pockets are willing to pay for items that document Monroe's private and personal life. Studio contracts and love letters written to Joe DiMaggio are some of the most desirable Marilyn Monroe autographed items.

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Marilyn Monroe Autographed Photographs

Marilyn Monroe autographed photographs are very popular and have have strong crossover appeal as well. Like many things, the subject matter of the photograph has a considerable influence on the item's value. For example, signed pictures of Monroe from her famous subway grate scene in The Seven Year Itch are extremely rare and command significant amounts as they seldom make their way to the secondary market. Instead, the iconic pictures are most often found as framed pieces with a cut signature.

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Marilyn Monroe Cut Signatures

Just about any authentic Marilyn Monroe autograph carries a value of four figures. Some of the most commonly seen examples are from autograph album pages, checks and index cards. Other examples of her signature that see high demand are those with her given name, Norma Jean Mortenson, as well as those signed as "Marilyn DiMaggio," due to their extreme rarity.

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Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Original Art and Prints

The 1960s provided the perfect timing for one of the country's most popular artists, Andy Warhol, to use America's sex symbol as his muse. Warhol created a series of paintings and silk screens capturing Monroe's beauty with a color pallet specifically unique to Warhol's style and work. Original versions can sell for five figures. Even limited edition prints can fetch more than a thousand dollars.

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Marilyn Monroe Movie Posters

Original movie posters from Monroe's most popular movies are quite collectible. As is the case with many of her memorabilia items, Monroe's crossover appeal attracts a diverse range of collectors and movie posters already have a devoted base. As a result, when Marilyn Monroe movie posters come on the market, they see demand from multiple types of collectors and not just those strictly limited to collecting the starlet. Condition is the most important factor in determining the value of original Marilyn Monroe movie posters. The difference between good and mint condition can ultimately be thousands of dollars.

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Marilyn Monroe Framed Pieces

Items that combine a vintage and/or iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe with an authentic cut signature are highly desirable pieces of memorabilia. However, even pieces not accompanied by an autograph can still sell for several hundred dollars. The price of these items is determined by subject matter and overall aesthetic value.

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Marilyn Monroe Playboy Issue #1

Hugh Hefner, founder of the popular men's magazine Playboy, knew what he was doing when he put Marilyn Monroe on the cover (and inside) of the debut issue. Today, that copy from 1953 is one of the most valuable magazines in the world. Highly susceptible to condition issues, graded examples can sell for several thousand dollars.

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Marilyn Monroe "The Last Sitting" Original Photographs by Bert Stern

In what would be her last photo shoot, famed photographer Bert Stern captured images of Monroe in her most raw and vulnerable state. The collection of photographs were compiled in a limited edition book, which can sell for hundreds of dollars depending on the edition.Celebrate Her 90th Birthday with the Top 10 Marilyn Monroe Collectibles 9 Original photographs, photographer worksheets, negatives and art inspired by the originals are also wildly popular. It was the last the world would ever see of America's greatest sex symbol.

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Early Original Marilyn Monroe Photographs

Before she was Marilyn, she was Norma Jean, an aspiring model. Original photographs taken before her stardom document a simpler and more innocent time. Many Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collectors like to bookend her career with early, original photographs and those from the "The Last Sitting." The contrast in images documents the story of her rise to stardom and its tragic fall.

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Rob Bertrand

Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I have a Marilyn Monroe ring it was given to me. It is a white and black diamond ring. I have a certificate of authenticity and I was wondering who much is it worth.

  2. I have a photo my Dad took when Marilyn Monroe was in the Miss America parade. I think she has on the dress she wore for the Playboy cover. Is it worth anything? She is in a convertible with her name on it. It’s pretty good shot.

  3. I have a professional photo of Marilyn Monroe taken in Korea in 1954.She is wearing army fatigues.

    Standing next to a general & the helicopter that flew her back to Japan after doing a show for us.

    Wondering how much it could be worth.

  4. i have a big newspaper and magazine original pictures, at least 1000 vintage cuts, how much is worth?

  5. 100’s of Marilyn pieces of for Auction July 18th at 10AM in Union, Illinois. Can bid online or live at the auction. Check out DonleyAuctions.com . If you have any questions feel free to contact us. Thanks!

  6. I have an original, sealed, plastic ziplocked bottle of Marylyn Merlot wine. Perfect condition as purchased. What is this valued at?


  8. I have a Marilyn Monroe..Retro tin sign..advertising lustre Creme” Product..do u think it..might just be worth..anything. .it looks like its in ok Condition…

  9. I have a Seven Year Itch Marilyn Monroe Estate 20 Century Fox Film Corp. limlited edition no. A2040 porcel statue. Would like to know how much it’s worth.

  10. i have a IN THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
    offiicially issued in the Merilyn Monroe Collection,celebrating the lengendary star in her most famosroles.
    fro original artwork by Chris Notarile.
    plate number 18693R Limited edition.
    edition limited to a maximumof 150 firing days
    1990 PLATE
    Around it it says the seventh year itch TM AND Copyrighted 1955 , renewed 1983 twentieth century fox fim corporation all rights reserved..

    And i would lke to know how much it is worth ?

  11. I have a 1953 Calendar of Marilyn in the nude with her signature and would like to know it’s value. It still has 1953 months attached.

  12. I own a Marilyn Monroe “Bus Stop” movie poster that is in a gorgeous frame job that cost me 500$ alone. I’ve seen this poster sell for 4000-5000$ in the same excellent condition that mine is and those weren’t even framed! I need cash bad and though I don’t want to I am going to part with it if I can find a buyer. I’m asking 3500$ if interested please email me adamdorst@yahoo.com

  13. I have a 1989 marilyn monroe calendar. Is there any Alice to this calendar . BY L C landmark calendars. 863_824-0703 Okeechobee,FloridaThe first page is of her with her blonde hair purple ,red dress.. with lots of pics. 51 digital drive,Novato California. Printed in Hong Kong.

  14. I have a hotel bill from the Waldorf Astoria from July 1958 with the room charges it looks original
    I have what looks li k e a Hans typed page
    About Aurther Miller and Marilyn Monroe
    I have a 2 X4 picture set in last supper setting with Marine in middle and a whole buck of strs at that time around it us not framed

  15. I have a portrait of Marilyn Monroe in black and white with her totally nude. It is in a frame and I believe it’s 11×14. Wondering how much this might be worth.

  16. I have a 1952 Giant Directory Photography crystal Jubilee issue that is in good to fair condition that has a marilyn in a full page color add in pink 1 piece PJS warming her rear at at a fireplace. Would anyone be interested in this. I am moving and want it to have a home! Don’t want to throw it out!

  17. I have a Estatue of Marilyn with a sticker that said 1983 Estatue of Marilyn Monroe. Exclusive Agency- Roger Richman Productions, Inc. 1987 clay Arr San Francisco USA. I am wondering how much is worth. Is someone have a idea please Reply me. Thanks.

  18. I was wondering if you could maybe tell me which graphics company was the first given the rights to put Marilyn Monroe pictures to cardboard standups and what year? thank you for your time Donny

  19. I have golden dreams jig-saw puzzle framed & in great condition. any idea of value? thanks

  20. 1980 Penthouse Marilyn Monroe original (Yes Original) but has no cover, any idea of a value?

  21. The blue dress shown in the top photo is not the original dress, it was made by ”Morningstar Pinup” as a custom order item on Etsy.

  22. I have a tie shaped pin with a picture of Marilyn Monroe can you tell me what it’s worth

  23. I have a Mink Stole belonging to Marylin Monroe, in mint condition that was purchased by Joe Demagio while they were married. Can u please give me an estimated value. Thank you. Ms. Charlotte Caldwell

  24. I have paper advertisements for her movie: Niagara with Jean Peters,and the other part of the page has Monroe with Joseph Cotten. This are more like making movie flyer advertisements.

    Also have other movie advertisement but they have a hard cardboard which is I believe used to make the paper advertisement.

  25. 4 Bert Stern “Last Sitting” C- Prints and an oil painting of her commissioned by Joe DiMaggio while they were married in 1954 coming up in a May 22, 2016 Kaminski Auction. The painting would be the penultimate piece for either a Monroe collector, or a DiMaggio collector.

  26. I have a Marilyn Monroe poster my dad has had for decades. Wondering if it is worth anything. Can’t find anything like it anywhere.

  27. My mother has a sheet of 100 uncut trading cards. Can you please tell me about it, and what something like that is worth

  28. 08-18-2016

    I have a copy of PLAYBOY (January,1997)
    with pictures of The Nude Marilyn Monroe. It is in excellent shape. What is it’s value?

  29. 08-18-2016

    I have a life size cardboard statue of Marilyn Monroe and a Marilyn Monroe wall clock,
    What is their value?

  30. I have a set of playing cards with her appearing nude lying on satin sheets. It still has the IRS sticker on them. Is it worth anything. Its in a black felt box.

  31. I have a diamond off Marilyn Munroes bracelet with full certs etc. confirming authenticity–I want to donate to a charity auction how much do you think I could hope to get for it???

  32. I have a vast collection of Marilyn Monroe dolls, plates, a collection of signed pictures by avedon. Wine bottle . The dolls have never been unpacked out of boxes. I have no room in my condo to display them. Please help me sell them!!!! Help!!!!

  33. My mother was a member of Marilyn Monroe’s fan club in 1952 and I have a signed 8×10 photo signed addressed to my mother signed by Marilyn Monroe I even has have the original envelop it was mailed in. Any idea if it has a value.

  34. I have a sealed card that has 3 very old buttons of Marilyn Monroe on them. I’m trying to find out the worth on them. I’m also trying to sell them. As this year has been a VERY bad year for my family, all of us have lost our jobs. I’ve been in and out of the hospital due to heart and lupus complications, and my sister (who lives with me) was in a near fatal accident and has had 8 surgeries now in an attempt to save her right leg that was severely mangled in the car accident. I’ve had this button set for over 30 years (it was passed on to me from a family member who died). One of the buttons is from when she first came out and was known as Norma Jean (with the dark hair), another is her in a gold halter dress, and the final one was a commemorative button with the famous white dress over the subway grate and the years of her life printed along it with the caption; “never before never again Marilyn Monroe” stamped on it.

  35. I have a huge Marilyn monroe cardboard actual lifesize of her in white dress n a very old magazine of her final days….n actual wrapper please call me 912-755-8656 i believe Ive got some expensize stuff.The world hasnt saw this in forever…holy crap…! Thank u Erica

  36. I own a 8×10 b&w photo of Marilyn given to me by a photographer who later died. He was probably in his late seventies or early eighties (1986). He said the shot was never published & that he had a lot of these pictures that were extras stashed away in an old trunk, some of which never saw the light of day. It is a shot of Marilyn standing by a fenced area, arriving at a publicity event outdoors. There is a poster of her hanging on the side of the fence. Wondering what the value might be.

  37. I have some cards that are trading cards i think. And its 1-100 Wondering how much they might cost

  38. My mother has 2 life size figures of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. They are ceramic in excellent conditions. She would like to sell them. Would you be interested in buying them? I can send you pictures.

  39. I have a black n white photo of Marilyn Monroe in a red dress posing next to a singer vehicle. I would like to know if the photo had any value? Or if it’s even a original photo?. Please message me back if you can?. I can also send pics of the photo

  40. I have a rare black and white pic of Marilyn Monroe and MacKlin how much would be worth

  41. I have a tray and coaster monogrammed with Marilyn’s initials. How do i get them authenticated? They were given to me by a elderly lady i was taking care of. If you have any suggestions i would greatly appreciate any help.

  42. I have what my grandfather told me is a photo positive (he said it was used to make negatives) obtained from the Chicago printing company that printed the Golden Dreams calendar. My grandfather fixed the presses for the owner of the company decades ago, and the guy was so grateful he gave him a half dozen positives of nude calendar girls, of which the Golden Dreams shot is included. It is a piece of celluloid and aside from one scratch and the hole at the top border where the gentleman who owned it previously had pinned it to his wall, it is in perfect shape. I would like to find the name of the printing company and the owner if possible. My grandfather passed away, so I’m left to google. Anyone have any idea who this would appeal to collector-wise?

  43. I have 20 or so Marilyn Monroe photos. I have a couple acquired by my wife’s late husband in the early 1970s. I’m sending a few to your company. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested. The collection includes a photographers proof of the 1949 Tom Kelly photo in black and white also a photographers proof of the Lure of Lace. Not a calendar or print. Several others are numbered limited edition photos. Some are stamped by Hurst publishing company as original photos. These are studio press release photos.

  44. I have several negative photos of Marilyn Monroe wearing black negligee and black panties very sexy poses photos by John Bryson. The photos are contained in a plastic pouch. Apparently they were never used and at the time Marian felt they were unsuitable. I think they are amazing how much Doo you think they are worth

  45. I have one of the Marilyn Monroe coffee table books limited edition,I think only 1500 printed the book is in its case in perfect condition,I have pics and would like to sell it,if interested please reply,thx

  46. Yes I have an original in wrapper sealed poster called Marilyn ballet dress. Has a red tag w white line in middle. Grama RIp, bought it when little. Anyone wanna buy it. Thanks.

  47. I have the original 1953 centerfold of Marlyn Monroe. what is it worth?

  48. I have the Nude 1949 calendar pose, colour, it is lacquered onto a wooden plaque , is there any value in it

  49. I have a large marilyn monroe black & white pic of her in white tutu. Any value on that LG marilyn monroe pic

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