Marilyn Monroe tryst sofa up for auction

Actor Glenn Ford poses in this undated file photo. REUTERS/Handout/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A sofa on which actor Glenn Ford supposedly made love with Marilyn Monroe is to be auctioned off in October.

Peter Ford, son of the actor who died in 2006 at the age of 90, said his father secretly commemorated the rendezvous on the eight-foot long plaid couch in his Beverly Hills home.

Glenn Ford marked the event by writing on the back of an oil painting that was dear to Monroe and hung near the sofa, Peter Ford said in a statement.

“When we made love she whispered, ‘I wish I could die now, while I’m happy,’” Ford wrote on the back of the painting. The story first came to light when Peter Ford discovered the writing after his father’s death.

Glenn Ford, whose career spanned more than five decades and is best-known for roles in Westerns like “3:10 to Yuma” and dramas like “The Big Heat”, was a ladies man who entertained several Hollywood stars including Rita Hayworth and Judy Garland, his son said.

“Beneath that calm exterior was an incurable romantic with a love for life and an insatiable appetite for the ladies,” Ford said. “Jimmy Stewart on the outside, perhaps, but he had the lust and libido of an Errol Flynn.”

The auction on October 4-6 by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Texas, will also feature other personal items from Ford’s estate.

Reporting by Syantani Chatterjee; Editing by Jill Serjeant