Marilyn Monroe X-rays snapped up for $45,000

LOS ANGELES Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:31am EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three X-rays of Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe's chest and pelvis taken during a hospital visit have sold for more than 10 times their pre-sale estimates, earning $45,000.

Auction house Julien's said in a statement that the sale was part of an auction of Hollywood Legends memorabilia which took place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend with the X-rays expected to go for $800 to $1,200 each.

The highlights of the sale had toured Ireland, Japan and China before finally going under the hammer.

The Monroe X-rays came from a 1954 visit by the actress to the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. The actress died in August 1962 at the age of 36.

Other items also sold at the auction included a chair from Monroe's last photo shoot that went for $35,000, Christopher Reeves' Superman VI costume which sold for $32,500 and a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face" which went for $56,250.

A crystal-studded glove from Michael Jackson's "Victory" Tour sold for $190,000 at an earlier Music Icons sale held by Julien's Auctions at Planet Hollywood.

The prices included the buyer's premium.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Paul Casciato)

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