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Miller-Monroe Marriage Paper Brings $14,000

December 20, 1990|From Reuters

LONDON — Marilyn Monroe's marriage contract to U.S. playwright Arthur Miller fetched more than $14,000 today, Christie's auctioneers said.

The Ketubbah, a Jewish wedding contract dated July 1, 1956, was witnessed in New York by Lee Strasberg, founder of New York's Actors' Studio.

Monroe converted to Judaism for the marriage, Miller's second and her third, which caused a sensation in Hollywood. They divorced in 1961.

The price, paid by an anonymous buyer, was at the upper range of Christie's estimate. The certificate was offered for sale by the executors of her estate.

The Hollywood star and sex symbol died in her Los Angeles home of a self-inflicted drug overdose in the summer of 1962. She was 35.

At the sale of Hollywood memorabilia, the kangaroo hide whip of "Indiana Jones" sold for more than double its estimate at about $25,000 to a Parisian cafe owner.

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