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Marilyn Monroe's personal belongings on display in Beijing ahead of US auction
   2016-09-28 15:15:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Victor Ning

Iconic American actress Marilyn Monroe is seen here in a photograph taken in 1953. [Photo: Douban.com]

A number of personal items belonging to Marilyn Monroe went on display in Beijing on Tuesday, September 27th for a private viewing by Chinese collectors.

The event has come ahead of an auction in the U.S. in November. Among the items featured in the exhibition were dresses the actress wore in the 1959 film "Some Like It Hot" and the 1956 film "Bus Stop." Shoes, jewelry and photos were also on display, as well handwritten notes and letters from Monroe.

Around 800 items are to be auctioned in Los Angeles in November with most coming from the private estate of Lee Strasberg, an American acting coach who became a father figure to Monroe. Martin Nolan of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, the auction's executor, is optimistic about the upcoming sales.

"This would be highly sought after, something that people will want, again an important piece of our pop culture history but it's also a representation of Marilyn's life and speaks to Marilyn all the responsibility she had. She passed away at age 36, she never knew her father, she supported her mother, she only met her half-sister when she was 19, she had three failed marriages and yet, 54 years since she passed we are talking about her here today and showing off to the world all these amazing items still representing her amazing life and career."

The auction will also include other items from the collection of British collector David Gainsborough-Roberts, who is believed to have the largest private collection of Monroe's costumes.

Julien's will carry out the auctions between November 17th to 19th in Los Angeles.

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