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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/16/2010

Getting a piece of Marilyn Monroe

By Liz Kelly

This X-ray of Marilyn Monroe's chest could be yours for approximately $1,200. (AP)

Still have some money left in your bank account after buying that life-sized, "Children of the Corn"-reminiscent doll from Michael Jackson's estate last year? Then by all means, turn your attention to the upcoming sale of several items of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia set to hit the auction block in June.

Scattered among the usual celeb detritus -- photo shoot outtakes, bank statements, clothing and crusty old half-used perfume bottles -- are some rather unusual offerings: X-rays of the star's chest and pelvis (expected to fetch $800 to $1,200 each), a couch on which Monroe supposedly unburdened herself to psychiatrist Ralph Greenson during the filming of "The Misfits" (also expected to fetch around $1,200) and a green-upholstered chair used during Monroe's final photo shoot before her death in 1962.

No official word on why Monroe was X-rayed, but auctioneer Darren Julien speculates that the shots were taken when the starlet was being treated for endometriosis and around the time Monroe allegedly had a miscarriage.

The sale will take place June 26 and 27 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas. If you can't make it to Vegas, fear not; the auction also will be broadcast live on the Auction Network, a site you'll undoubtedly want to bookmark because, really, where else can you bid on Ozark mountain acreage and KinderCare surplus properties while at work?

And if Marilyn isn't quite your cup of tea, take heart. Other items up for grabs include a Patrick Swayze handwritten questionnaire for 16 magazine, Tony Soprano's prop Xanax bottle, Johnny Carson's parking sign from NBC and Roddy McDowell's "Planet of the Apes" prosthetic makeup pieces.

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Hollyweird  | Tags:  Marilyn Monroe, celebrity auctions  
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There's still a Planet Hollywood? Poor Marilyn -- and poor all those celebrity radiologists who are now going to be inundated with privacy lawyers working (even harder?) to protect our stars' ultrasounds and MRIs. What a world.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | April 16, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"Getting a piece of Marilyn Monroe"

Who are Joe DiMaggio, JFK, and the mortician?

Posted by: MStreet1 | April 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Not a good inspiration on that chest film, otherwise looks pretty clear.

Oh, and thanks so much for reminding me of Chuckie's sister. I had only just recently stopped having nightmares about that doll.

Posted by: hodie2 | April 16, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't recall x-rays showing flesh quite like that, seems like it's been 'touched up' to e more graphic in terms of her body...

Am I imagining things???

Posted by: LTL1 | April 16, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

hodie, just imagine if they start auctioning off mammograms of more recent stars/starlets.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 16, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Paging Dr. Hodie - am I crazy about the xray?

Posted by: LTL1 | April 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Nosy nailed it, necrostalgia!!

Posted by: wadejg | April 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Okay, folks, we have another entry for the Lizard Dictionary, courtesy of Nosy:

Necrostalgia (n). Affection for the memory of a deceased celebrity; not to be confused with necrophilia. Often accompanied by a desire to possess artifacts of the deceased; not to be confused with the Catholic custom of possessing relics of saints.

Hmmm, perhaps this condition should be included in DSM V. Does anyone have a contact in the DSM V Committee?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, LTL, you can see soft tissue shawdows on x-rays. I would say this one was not altered. In fact on pelvic xrays, one can see the shadow of a man's "..ahem.." which we call a Throckmorton sign for the guy who named it.

Posted by: hodie2 | April 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

oh and I second the addition of "necrostalgia" to the Lizard lexicon.

Posted by: hodie2 | April 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Michael Jackson purchased the Elephant Man's remains? And, in the spirit (so to speak) of necrostalgia, who has them now?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 16, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Liz and Jen, When are you going to stop bullying Michael Jackson? It’s really getting old. You didn't cover ANY of the "normal" stuff Michael's bodyguards revealed about him a few weeks back on GMA but you constantly find new ways of rehashing things just to bully him. He's DEAD, are you NOT satisfied. Michael was a child at heart his entire life. It’s too bad that made him a target for people like you. By the way, Nosy_Parker, MICHAEL NEVER BOUGHT THE ELEPHANT MAN BONES as he stated. What he did do was spend most of his life HELPING people and donating between $300-$500 million to charity not to mention the fact that he willed 20% of his estate to charity. Why don't you focus on the incredibly beautiful things this man did throughout his life instead of finding new ways to hurt him.

Posted by: Pina1 | April 16, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

OK, Pina, so Michael Jackson merely WANTED to buy the Elephant Man's bones, was obsessed with them (a form of necrostalgia in and of itself), and even went to see them. MJ also had most peculiar relationships with lots of children, including ones whose parents essentially p!mped their kids out to sleep with him. Not the wholly admirable person you make him out to be.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Pina has a point. Not that picking on Michael Jackson wasn't like shooting fish in a barrel before, of course, but the man is dead after all. Let's move on.

(Bbesides, his relationship with children isn't the topic, it's his shopping habit.)

Perhaps instead we should talk about someone and something a little more live, say, Nicolas Cage and his up-for-sale "frat house bordello."

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | April 16, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

td, Pina's the one who went off on a tangent re MJ donating to charity, as if he were some sort of frackin' saint.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 16, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Carm down, Nosy. Focus! :)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | April 16, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

That's about what a actual chest x-ray costs nowadays.

Posted by: lolyla | April 16, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Pina. Michael Jackson did a lot of good things for a lot of people. Since he is no longer with us, perhaps some time should be spent reflected on those good things. No one is calling Michael a saint but there is something to be said about a balance representation of someone’s life.

A lot was said about Michael that just wasn’t true that has come to light since his passing, like the fact that he had vitiligo and didn’t bleach his skin to look white, that he only had his nose done (not his entire face); both proven facts from the autopsy. He also had skin cancer and lupus.

Also proven and spoken about by Donald Trump, Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Brook Shields, Kenny Ortega, Liza Minnelli, Barry Gibb, Geraldo Rivera, Deepak Chopra and his son, Macaulay Culkin, Corey Feldman, Chris Tucker and his girlfriend, etc., and all the people that were close to Michael and worked with him including his body guards, that he never harmed or abused any child. For those interested in the facts, please Google the court transcripts of his trial and you will find that the extorters were caught lying about the actual accusations. Also read Michael Jackson Conspiracy by Aphrodite Jones about the trial. Also compelling are Michael's smart, articulate, and loving children who love him very very much.

Everyone deserves the truth spoken about them especially when they are no longer here to defend themselves. Rest in the peace Michael.

Posted by: Kelly17 | April 16, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Kelly17 and Pina1 are correct in their defense of Michael Jackson (with a few minor exceptions). Michael Jackson is very far from the monster mainstream media have made him out to be. He tried to live a normal life, but was hounded by the media and people bent on destroying him with lies. I invite you, and anyone else interested in defending Michael's legacy, to have a look at MJIL: the Michael Jackson International Legion (google it). Haters and trolls need not visit; you will be removed, and if necessary, prosecuted.

*exceptions: there is no evidence he had skin cancer, but he did have vitiligo and probably had lupus. He was otherwise very healthy.

Posted by: seraphina2 | April 18, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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