The watch is one of the few pieces of fine jewelry owned by the late actress
Julien’s Auctions, the Los Angeles–based auction house, will auction a number of Marilyn Monroe’s person items, including a platinum and diamond cocktail watch, Nov. 19–20 in Los Angeles.
The Blackpain cocktail watch (pictured) is one of “just a few” pieces of fine jewelry owned by the late actress, according to the auction house. The watch face reads “Blancpain,” and the movement is signed “Rayvill Watch Co. 17 Jewels, Unadjusted Switzerland.”
The watch is from the estate of actor and director Lee Strasberg. Other items in the collection include personal papers, including a checkbook and drawings; an address book; several handbags; a tube of Revlon lipstick. The auction will also feature items from the collection of David Gainsborough Roberts, a collector credited with amassing the largest collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. His collection includes several costumes and accessories, including the rhinestone earrings Monroe wore onscreen in the film How to Marry a Millionaire.
“This is one of the most important and historic auctions of Marilyn Monroe ever,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, in a statement. “This diverse collection gives us a most intimate glimpse of the screen legend. Never before have there been so many important artifacts from the life and career of the much-loved global icon Marilyn Monroe.”
Selected items from the collection will be on exhibit in the coming months in Newbridge, Ireland; London; New York; and Los Angeles.
More information is available here.
(Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auctions)