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June 28th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

X-rays of Marilyn Monroe sold for $45,000

It’s not as iconic as the photo of a Marilyn Monroe standing in a white dress over a sewer grate – but it fetched quite a price.

Adding to strange celebrity medical memorabilia, three X-rays of the actress were sold at a Las Vegas, Nevada, auction this weekend for $45,000.

Her chest X-ray was sold for $25,000. Her side view X-ray for $10,000 and another X-ray for $10,000. See results here.

The value of the chest X-ray taken two weeks after her divorce from baseball great Joe DiMaggio was originally estimated to be between $800 and $1,200. The X-rays were taken at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital from her doctor’s visit in November 1954, according to Julien's Auctions.

Julien’s Auctions also sold several pieces from Monroe's  final years. There was also a 50-year-old couch from the home office of Dr. Ralph Greenson, Monroe's psychiatrist, which sold for $2,625.

Collectors have paid for bizarre biological items used by celebrities such as a clump of Elvis’ hair (sold for $15,000 at an auction) and a tissue Scarlett Johansson used to blow her nose (sold for $5,300 on eBay).


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  1. Brandon

    I think this is just creepy and it's really sad that people can get this obsessed with celebs regardless rather they're dead or alive. I think there are sick people out there that would even buy a celeb's poop for thousands of dollars if they could.

    June 30, 2010 at 23:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. BoyntonBeachBoy

    The correct term for what everyone is commenting about is a "Radiograph". A radiograph – incorrectly termed "an X-Ray" is not much different than a "Photograph".......a photograph uses light to capture the image. A radiograph uses X-Rays to penetrate and show the inside structure of an object. These radiographs are simply another means to record history.........medical history and unlike photographs are definately "ONE OF A KIND". There is nothing "Creepy" or improper at all about this method of showing history. My hat's off to those who had the insight to preserve them and if they made a few bucks in the process.........good for them. THEY ARE VERY UNIQUE!
    JFK's X-Ray Images are being sold by Julien's Auctions in China this October. Each carries a unique story and a one of a kind opportunity for historical documentation of cover-up and intrigue. One of these, at least, were carried personally by the late president across the Atlantic Ocean to seek help with a near death disease. Great stories accompany the images........if people tale the time to read and be informed.

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