In November 2016 an auction of Marilyn Monroe's last possessions took place in Los Angeles. Among the items for sale were her legendary dresses - including the dress she wore to sing Happy Birthday to John F. Kennedy, which sold for a record $4.8 million - private photographs, and intimate hand-written notes. In all, more than 1000 unique lots sold for over $11 million.

Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime explores Marilyn Monroe’s short but brilliant life story, told through some of her most personal and glamorous possessions, with exclusive interviews from those who worked with her and knew her well.

Marilyn Monroe is remembered as the greatest sex symbol of the 20th century, and the definitive Hollywood movie star. But beneath her sex bomb façade was a clever, imaginative self-made woman who came from nowhere and used everything she had to get ahead. Marilyn perfected her dumb blonde persona - and then used it to get to the top of an industry that treated most actresses as set dressing. She was a trailblazer who set up her own production company so that she could choose her own roles. And in an era of starchy morality she refused to be shamed.

She survived sex scandals. She married the biggest sports star in America, and then left him for the country’s greatest playwright. As well as being beautiful, she had wit and vitality and ferocious ambition. Her star burned very brightly and – as the demand for this remarkable selection of rare and valuable Marilyn Monroe possessions demonstrates – it still does.
 

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Narrated by

TRACEY ANN OBERMAN

Character Voiceover

SUZIE KENNEDY

Thanks to

JULIEN'S AUCTIONS

DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR

GREG SCHREINER/MARILYN REMEMBERED ORG

Archive

ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

BILL RAY

THE CECIL BEATON STUDIO ARCHIVE SOTHEBY'S

CUPS & FOOTAGE/SCREENOCEAN

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND

FRIEDA HULL ESTATE

GETTY IMAGES

HISTORIC FILMS/SCREENOCEAN

ITN SOURCE/FOX MOVIETONE

NBC UNIVERSAL ARCHIVES

PRODUCERS LIBRARY

PROMETHEUS ENTERTAINMENT

PHOTOGRAPHED BY LEO CALOIA

REX /SHUTTERSTOCK

TOM KELLEY STUDIO

WAZEE DIGITAL/CBS NEWS

Composer

MIGUEL D'OLIVEIRA

UK Photography

HUGH CAMPBELL

KELLY BEATON

UK Sound Recordists

ADAM PRESCOD

EDWARD CAPES

US Photography

SIMON FANTHORPE

RICHARD NUMEROFF

LAWRENCE ELBERT

US Sound Recordists

BOB SCHUCK

IVO HANAK

US Camera Assistant

ELIZABETH YARWOOD

DV Director

LAUREN JACOBS

Colourist

ANDREW CLOKE

On-line Editor

ANDREW MITCHELL

Dubbing Mixer

BEN ORMEROD

Junior Researcher

AISHA NAHMMACHER

Archive Producers

CAMILLA WHEELER

PETER SCOTT

Development Producer

EDWARD WHITE

Technical Supervisor

STEPHEN WOOD

Production Manager

FLOURY CRUM

Head of Production

ANNABEL LEE

Editors

GARRY CRYSTAL

MAGGIE WARD

Producer and Director

PATRICK REAMS

Executive Producers

NICOLAS KENT

SUSAN JONES

Written & Edit Produced by

ROSIE SCHELLENBERG

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