1950s Marilyn Monroe Lock of Hair in Keepsake Presentation Box

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1593

Item Year: 1955

Category: Pop Culture/Americana

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An amazing 1950s presentation of a fabulous Hollywood relic: a small lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair, with provenance directly from her personal hairdresser, Kenneth Battelle. The neatly tied lock of approximately twenty (20) strands of Marilyn’s hair is housed in a 1.25 x 1.75-inch flat paper box. The lock and its container are part of an elaborate presentation, attached to a larger paper box measuring 2.5 x 3 inches, within which is a tiny cased photo of Monroe measuring 1 x 1.5 inches, surrounded by a fabric-lined matting. A paper label reading "Kenneth, Hairdresser, Marilyn Monroe" appears on the cover. “Mr. Kenneth,” during the 1950s and early 1960s, was truly the hairdresser to the stars in New York, and was particularly well known for his association with Marilyn Monroe. Interestingly enough, Kenneth was also the favorite hairdresser of Jackie Kennedy and created her trademark bouffant hairdo. Kenneth apparently had these made up as special gifts for friends, perhaps during the holiday season, and the fact that this is the fourth example of this unusual Marilyn Monroe presentation piece we have seen and offered over the years makes this all the more likely. Robert Edward Auctions regularly passes on opportunities to offer the hair of famous persons (Lincoln, Elvis, Washington, etc.) in part because we believe it is virtually impossible for us to authenticate hair with certainty. However, we make an exception to that rule with this lock because we are so impressed with the elaborate period presentation, which alone makes this piece worthy of offering, as well as its provenance. We have no way to authenticate Marilyn's hair, but because of the presentation, we have as much or more confidence in this sample than any other sample of a famous person's hair we have ever seen offered. This is a very striking and unique keepsake custom-made for presentation by Marilyn Monroe's personal hairdresser in the 1950s. Overall the box is in Very Good condition, displaying moderate wear, but with a magnificent look, ideal for display. Monroe remains the definitive symbol of glamour, Hollywood in the Golden Era, sex appeal, and tragedy. Her short life still resonates with most film enthusiasts. This is a very unusual, personal, and touching relic relating to her great legend. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $588

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