Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia Collection Expected To Sell For £2 Million

The world’s largest privately owned collection of costumes and memorabilia associated with Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe is set to go to auction in Los Angeles, and is anticipated to make a fortune.

The Guardian reports that David Gainsborough Roberts’ collection is expected to fetch some high bids, thanks largely to the presence of several costumes worn on screen by the late actress.

This includes a black dress worn in ‘Some Like It Hot,’ expected by auctioneers Julien’s to fetch between £140,000 and £280,000; a silver dress worn in ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ expected to fetch up to £140,000; and a green leotard worn in ‘Bus Stop,’ which might reach £70,000.

The auction is set to take place in November on board the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner.

Gainsborough Roberts reportedly said of his collection, “it is now time for me to share this with the world.”

Now in his 70s, the ex-banker from Jersey began his Monroe collection in 1991 with the dress from ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ for which he paid £16,000 at auction.

As well as the costumes, the collection also includes “personal wardrobe pieces as well as posters, jewellery and personal prescriptions.”

The iconic yet deeply troubled star died of a barbiturates overdose in 1962, aged 36. She would have been 90 this year.

Picture Credit: MGM/UA, The Guardian/Christies

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