As part of Julien’s Auctions‘ recent sale, “Icons and Idols: Hollywood,” a set of medical documents and X-rays confirming suspicions of Marilyn Monroe’s plastic surgery were sold for $25,600, according to the AFP. The medical files refer to Monroe by a variety of names, but one of the aliases matches up to the starlet’s home in Brentwood, California, where she was found dead in August of 1962. The charts begin in 1958 and end in June of 1962 — just a few months before her death. The X-rays show the darker side of the actress — literally — with various angles of her skull.
Along with the indications of personal insecurities and the referrals for doctors made by her psychoanalyst Dr. Ralph Greenson, the records indicate an immune deficiency recorded in 1956, an ectopic pregnancy in 1957, and a note that a 1950 chin implant involving a tip rhinoplasty procedure was dissolving.
Perhaps due to the file’s grim nature, it was vastly surpassed by Monroe’s Redbook Award from 1952, which brought in $62,500, while a dress owned by Princess Diana went for $75,000. Other items in the sale included a piece of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake, an original oil painting made by Frank Sinatra, and Clayton Moore’s original Lone Ranger mask.
— Meredith Caraher
(Image courtesy Julien’s Auctions.)