Monroe Furs Sell for Amazing Prices at Christie’s London

Two fur pieces that originally sold at the 1999 Christie’s sale “The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe” hit the auction block again on December 4, 2008. Both items sold for amounts higher than the estimates and for their original selling prices in 1999.

A Tailored Jacket: A tailored jacket of fine grey wool embellished with deep fox fur collar, the three-quarter length sleeves with turn-up cuffs, lined with slate grey silk. Marilyn wore this jacket to receive the Crystal Star Award, which is the French equivalent of the Oscar.

Estimate: $6,900-$10,000
Price Realized: $58,246
1999 Price Realized: $27,600

An Evening Stole: An evening stole of black silk jersey, trimmed with white fox fur — 85in. (216cm.) long. Marilyn wore this stole to the premiere of “The Rose Tattoo” in 1955.

Estimate: $10,000-$15,000
Price Realized: $61,771
1999 Price Realized: $46,000