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Monroe's rare X-rays up for auction

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 - 01:24

Oct. 08 - Marilyn Monroe's X-rays are expected to be snapped up for close to $30,000 at auction. Roselle Chen reports.

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Actress Marilyn Monroe's X-rays are heading to the auction block. The set of six X-rays and a file of doctor's notes are expected to fetch up to $30,000 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills in November, according to Martin Nolan, executive director of the auction house. SOUNDBITE: Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, saying (English): "The world hasn't heard about these X-rays, so that's the exciting part of being here to really announce that this is a part of pop culture history. It's Marilyn Monroe, people are intrigued by her, always and forever." The notes appear to confirm speculation that Monroe, who epitomized glamour and set a standard of movie star beauty during the latter part of Hollywood's golden era, went under the knife for cosmetic reasons. SOUNDBITE: Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, saying (English): "Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery, it was always speculation, did she or didn't she? They thought she was such a natural beauty they didn't want to believe. Also at that time, going back to the 1950s, people didn't go for plastic surgery procedures. This is very, very new. But again, Marilyn Monroe was always cutting edge, always futuristic, always seeking to improve herself and better herself, always wanted to be No. 1. I think that's what the X-rays will speak to." The X-rays are from June 7, 1962, after Monroe saw a doctor following a late night fall and two months before the actress would die from a drug overdose.

Monroe's rare X-rays up for auction

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 - 01:24

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