Millionaire Corner: There’s Something about Marilyn!


Darren Julien and David Gainsborough-Roberts have been interviewed by about the upcoming Marilyn Monroe auction taking place at Julien’s Auctions this November.

From the article:

There is something about Marilyn, who would have been 90 on June 1. Her undimmed legacy has made her more than collectible. She is a “blue chip investment,” Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions told Millionaire Corner. “We see more and more investors looking for ways to diversify their portfolios and Marilyn Monroe is considered a blue chip when it comes to investing in celebrities.”

According to Spectrem Group wealth market research, collectibles are comparable with precious metals as the most popular alternative investment among Millionaire investors. But for Gainsborough-Roberts, amassing his collection has been a labor of love. Via email, he reflected on Monroe with Millionaire Corner.

“I am a born collector and have always been interested in Hollywood movie stars, the most iconic of them all being Marilyn,” he said. “So it is only natural that she was at the top of my list and has remained there for more than 30 years. She has all the ingredients that make a superstar; glamour, sex appeal, gorgeous looks, tragedy, and sadly a premature death.”

Gainsboroough-Roberts, now in his 70s, confessed it will be “sad” to part with his collection. “It’s time to share it with the world,” he said, “and what better time than in Marilyn’s 90th birthday year. (But) I will always keep a very special place (in my heart) for Marilyn. For me, it has been an emotional journey over the past 30 years. I have met some wonderful people during my research, in particular, Ralph Roberts, who was her closest friend and the last person to speak to her. We spend many hours together talking about Marilyn. For me, as a born collector and historian, having built up such an iconic collection of someone about whom I have very special feelings, the last 30 years have been a marriage made in heaven.” 

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