Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Ferragamo Shoes
From the Personal Wardrobe of Marilyn Monroe: A pair of white, calfskin Ferragamo shoes, size 7 1/2 B.
These shoes are originally from the first estate sale at Christie’s New York in 1999, “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe.” The pair were part of lot 292, which also included a beige beret and Marilyn’s jewel patterned Pucci blouse, seen in photos taken by George Barris in 1962.
Marilyn discovered Ferragamo after relocating from Hollywood to New York. She shopped at the Ferragamo store on Park Avenue, and she ordered shoes in multiples, paying $39.99-$49.99 for each pair. According to the Ferragamo website, “Her preferred styles were the Filetia and Viatica pumps, and although they both featured vertiginous four-inch stiletto heels, they were never uncomfortable because Ferragamo had patented a special heel for her, half wood, half steel. He also had a shoe form/model for Marilyn’s shoe orders, as he did with many other celebrities as well.
Based on the number of photos with Marilyn wearing white stiletto heels, not to mention the style and color being seen in such films as Some Like it Hot, The Misfits, and Something’s Got to Give, there’s no question it was a “go to” look for Marilyn.
Christie’s New York: The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe, October 27-28, 1999. Click here to buy your copy of the Christie’s auction catalog for the sale of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items.