Marilyn Monroe’s card from her father Charles Stanley Gifford, discovered ‘purely by chance,’ to be auctioned

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A rare handwritten note from Charles Stanley Gifford, who was recently proven to be Marilyn Monroe’s father, is going up for auction.

More than 175 items associated with Hollywood icons will headline the upcoming “Julian’s Auctions & TCM Present: Icons & Idols Hollywood,” which will be held both in-person and online next month.

“This card is the only known physical artifact that establishes any connection or communication between Gifford and his famous daughter,” read a release. According to the auction house, it is believed that Gifford gave the card to Monroe while she was hospitalized.

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Scott Fortner, who owns the world’s largest private collection of Monroe assets, said he discovered the card “purely by chance”. The historian and co-host of the “All Things Marilyn” podcast is considered an authority on Monroe and assists major auction companies in authenticating and verifying memorabilia.

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“I discovered the card purely by chance while I was preparing for the auction of Marilyn’s personal archives at Julien’s,” Fortner told People magazine on Wednesday. “This is the only known documented evidence of a relationship between Monroe and Gifford, which solves the mystery of whether or not she was in contact with her biological father.”

Julian’s Auctions estimates the undated greeting card will sell for $2,000-$3,000. It is addressed to the actress in Gifford’s handwriting, and he misspelt her name as “Marilyn”.

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The card reads, “This cheery little get-well note comes especially to say that lots of thoughts and best wishes are with you every day,” along with the words “A little prayer too,” and Gifford’s hand. Signed, “Stanley Gifford, Red Rock Dairy Farm, Hemet, California.”

It has been widely reported that Monroe attempted to contact her father by telephone several times over the years. According to reports, she even went to the city of Hemet in the hope of finding him. Several locals at the time reported “Marilyn Monroe spottings”. It is believed that Gifford did not want Monroe in his life for fear that it would upset his wife and children.

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Monroe’s half-sister Bernice Baker Miracle noted in her book “My Sister Marilyn” that Screen Siren confessed to her that Gifford had visited her when she was in the hospital on an undisclosed date. Miracle recalled Monroe saying, “The first time I saw my father, I was lying on my back in the hospital. I looked at him and I studied his face and his features, and I saw Mother told me the truth, that he was my father.”

In a statement sent to Fox Business, Julian’s Auctions shared that Gifford gave Monroe a greeting card when she visited him during one of his many hospitalizations in Los Angeles.

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Earlier this year, scientists conducted DNA testing on a strand of Monroe’s hair and a cheek swab from one of Gifford’s great-grandchildren, confirming that he was her biological father. The patriarch died in 1965, three years after his famous daughter, who died in 1962 at the age of 36.

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Monroe, who went by Norma Jeane Mortensen before she rose to fame, was born to Gladys Pearl Baker and Gifford, a one-time co-worker of her mother’s. Monroe had no relationship with her father growing up, which she often talks about.

Other personal Monroe items hitting the auction block include false eyelashes ($800-$1,200), a gold lipstick tube with the Max Factor Hollywood logo ($1,000-$2,000), a handwritten note ($7,000-$9,000) A sheet of stationery and an indexed coin wallet ($8,000 – $10,000). People magazine reported that a medical file related to cosmetic surgery performed on Monroe is expected to fetch up to $30,000.

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Martin Nolan, executive director of Julian’s Auctions, notes that they worked with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to curate an extensive collection of personal Monroe memorabilia. The auction will be held on December 17-18.

Monroe’s net worth in 2022 is reported to be $10 million. In 2020, she ranked 13th on Forbes list of highest-paid deceased celebrities, as her image and name were being used by nearly 100 brands globally.

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Marilyn Monroe's handwritten note

“She’s an icon,” Fortner previously told Fox Business. “And I think people connect with her in many ways today. Some people just enjoy her pictures. Others enjoy her films. Some people relate to the personal struggles she faced throughout her life. I What it often seems like is that people feel a connection.” For him. There is a feeling of desire to protect her. I think its appeal is very broad. And it’s not just in the United States – it’s all over the world. I’m connected to other collectors and fans from around the world, so their reach is very broad and long-lasting. She is an epitome of beauty, a nod to fashion and a legend of the silver screen.

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“What I see now is that people hold onto their collectibles and memorabilia a lot because it is increasing in value as time goes by,” he shared. “So whenever there’s an auction, the number of pieces available can be very limited. And Marilyn is one of those people who doesn’t decrease in value. She holds value and increases in value. Her items for auction So, availability is getting tough.”

Marilyn Monroe’s card from her father Charles Stanley Gifford, discovered ‘purely by chance,’ to be auctioned

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