Marilyn Monroe's ID Sells For Lots Of Cash
March 8th, 2013 4:20pm EST
How much would you pay to take home the ID card Marilyn Monroe herself toted around Korea while honeymooning with Joe DiMaggio and performing for the United States' troops? A lot? How about $57,000? As the guys on "Pawn Stars" might say, "that's not even close to what I was thinking," but lo and behold someone did indeed pony up that kind of loot for that one little piece of government-issued paper.
As unearthed by Buzzfeed, the auctioneers at Bonhams were able to fetch such a hefty sum for the signed Department of Defense identification card which belonged to one Norma Jeane DiMaggio on Feb. 8, 1954, even though their authenticity validation was maybe just a little shaky. "Though this ID card has been reproduced as a souvenir item and sold in stores and has also been seen in many books, this piece appears to be the actual one that Monroe used," the sellers reported. Obviously, the buyer was not discomforted by the "appears to be" lingo, which is understandable because the blue-inked signature also "appears to be" pretty legit along with those fingerprints on the back.
Also available on the flip-side of the card are some vitals. Surprisingly, Monroe didn't fib about her weight - it probably wouldn't have been a good idea to lie to the government about anything in war time - so now we can probably put that whole "Marilyn was a size twelve in mom jeans" discourse to bed. The girl was 5'5 1/2' and 118 pounds. You do the math. She was probably a size four ... max.
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