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1960 Marilyn Monroe Signed Letter

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $4,025.00

They may not have stopped the presses on September 29, 1959, but at the New York Times they did apparently ignore them for a short time. For that's the day screen star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe toured the venerable paper's home office in New York, as detailed in the next day's Times article, which read in part: "Earthquakes, storms, wars and murders cause only ripples in the Sunday news departments, but the passing of Miss Monroe rocked the eighth and third floors...Countless international VIPs have taken the tour but no one could recall anyone who left as disturbing a wake as Miss Monroe. It took hours for nerves to settle..." Offered here is a one-page typed letter of thanks from Miss Monroe to linotyper Carl Schlesinger, for his hospitality during her visit, and for taking the time to create and send to her a metal linotype slug bearing Marilyn's name, mechanically cast in molten lead alloy by the newspaper's typesetting machine, with inset penny (1959 date) to commemorate her visit to the Times. We suspect that Mr. Schlesinger was not acting in an official capacity when he set about creating this unusual keepsake, but instead was representing his own interests. And we suspect that this elaborately constructed metal souvenir was created on the time of the Times. There is a lesson here somewhere. Whether it is that linotypers are an amorous lot, able to offer gifts that, well, non-linotypers could only dream of; or simply that it is not advisable for employers to parade the world's most beautiful sex symbols through the office due to the potential distraction they represent. It is unclear. In any event, the efforts of our Times employee appear to have been somewhat successful. Typed on 6.5 x 9-inch stationery, the text of the Miss Monroe's letter of thanks reads: "I cannot tell you how much I loved that presentation you prepared for me and how sweet it was of you to go to all that trouble. Words cannot express the emotion that came over me when I received it. I would have acknowledged it long before this, but I have been away and the mails have been exceedingly slow, so please, please, excuse me. I really adore it." The letter is exquisitely signed "Marilyn Monroe" ("9/10") in black ballpoint below the salutation "With love and kisses." We cannot imagine what Mr. Schlesinger created in response to receiving this letter. Accompanying the letter is the following: 1) a duplicate of the logo slug with inset penny (Mr. Schlesinger made two, one which he sent to Ms. Monroe, and a second for himself so that each could have one); 2) the front of the original mailing envelope, postmarked "Beverly Hills, Calif./Mar 10-PM 1960"; 3) a copy of the New York Times article which appeared on September 30, 1959, detailing Marilyn Monroe's visit the previous day, ideal for display with the letter; 4) a glamorous non-vintage 8 x 10 inch publicity photo of Marilyn. The letter exhibits normal mailing folds and two small glue marks on the verso, which in no way affect the overall condition or the magnificent signature. A fantastic, signed Marilyn Monroe letter with an amusing story. In Excellent condition. LOA Charles Hamilton and LOA James Spence, Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,025.00


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