Friday, September 30, 2011

Fashion Flashback: Marilyn's Diamond-Encrusted Ring

Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe at San Francisco City Hall on their wedding day, January 14, 1954

I read in the L.A. Times the other day that the wedding ring Joe DiMaggio gave to Marilyn Monroe will soon be up for auction.  The couples' marriage was tumultuous and short-lived; they were married for only 274 days.  It was known that DiMaggio was uncomfortable with Monroe's image as a sex symbol -- one such example is when he became irate and jealous on the set of The Seven Year Itch while she was filming the famous scene with the white dress (the dress sold earlier this year in an auction for $5.5 million).

From the Times:
Calabasas-based Profiles in History, the company organizing the auction, describes the piece of jewelry as "a platinum eternity band set with 35 baguette-cut diamonds (one diamond missing)," and estimates it to fetch $300,000 to $500,000. 
Other Monroe items will be up for auction along with the ring around December 15-17 -- just in time for Christmas.  It should be interesting to see how much it goes for.  Despite their rocky relationship, DiMaggio remained loyal to Monroe after her death in 1962.  He arranged the funeral and for the next two decades, until his own death in 1999, he sent roses several times a week to her grave in Los Angeles.

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