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Monroe divorce papers for auction
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962 at the age of 36
Some of Marilyn Monroe's most personal possessions, including her Joe DiMaggio divorce papers and her phone book, are to go under the hammer in June.

More than 200 items will be auctioned by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles.

They include her phone directory with numbers for Frank Sinatra, Henry Fonda and Jane Russell, and former husbands DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.

A Monroe painting she planned to give John F Kennedy for his birthday in 1962 is valued at up to $10,000 (5,200).

Designer clothes

Monroe died in August 1962 from a drugs overdose before she could give Kennedy the inscribed watercolour painting of a rose.

Items in the auction also include her 1956 application to a New York City court to change her name from Norma Jean Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe and a pearl gray silk dress she wore in the 1960 film Let's Make Love.

Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, said: "This is the first time that most of these items will be seen by the public including a dizzying array of clothing from all the designers she cherished."

"Her personal telephone directory contains hundreds of names and numbers of top Hollywood celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Henry Fonda, Jane Russell and even former husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller."

Monroe was married to DiMaggio for 21 months; they were divorced in 1955. She had earlier been married to James Dougherty, and later to playwright Arthur Miller.

The auction will be held at Barclay Butera in Los Angeles on 4 June 2005. The items will be on display from 31 May until 3 June.

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