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. Ballz

    Cool – maybe there will be a lawsuit over confidentiality. Shouldnt matter if she's dead or not.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • unknown entity

      I'm almost sure there will be 🙂

      June 28, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      There is no confidentiality once you are dead. Law only applies to living.

      June 28, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
  2. robert

    how do we rea;;y know if these are hers?
    the x-rays could be anybody's.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rick2010

      They look real enough. Those ribs and the boob silhouette, they must be Marlyn's. I've got another I can sell. Anyone wanna give me $45 for it?

      June 28, 2010 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
  3. JFK

    Now that's a healthy set of lungs!

    June 28, 2010 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • EccentricRichGuy

      fap fap fap

      June 28, 2010 at 14:16 | Report abuse |
    • shiloh0325

      If a digital rectal exam was available for her in the day it would fetch big bucks

      June 28, 2010 at 21:28 | Report abuse |
  4. Erky

    What's next? Exhume her body, and start selling off bits of her bones? The fascination with famous people has gone beyond creepy. People are idiots

    June 28, 2010 at 13:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MHarris

      I agree, creepy!

      June 28, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • ken

      super creepy.

      June 28, 2010 at 13:50 | Report abuse |
    • Tanya K

      Lucky for her, she has been cremated… otherwise, who knows what would people do!

      June 28, 2010 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • gwailung

      no less strange to keep a picture of or the asehs of a dead relative around. people like objects that remind them of people that are important to them in some way or that they care about.

      June 29, 2010 at 07:22 | Report abuse |
    • GaryO

      Of course they cremated her. You think that they would want her exhumed at a later date and have a new exam done to her remains that could show what really killed her? (conspiracy).

      June 29, 2010 at 08:26 | Report abuse |
  5. leonard

    They look real to me.

    June 28, 2010 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Redinaustin

    A fool and his money.....

    June 28, 2010 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dixon Cox

    The text in this story is confusing:
    "The X-rays were taken from Cedars of Lebanon Hospital from her doctor’s visit in November..."

    Is this saying that the X-rays were being stored at the Hospital and were "taken" away from there, implying that there may have been an illegal act involved? Or is it saying that the X-rays were shot (meaning produced) at the Hospital in 1954?

    June 28, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gabriel

      You're putting way too much thought into this. Let's put some of that energy into solving a real problem shall we?

      June 28, 2010 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
  8. liz

    I get the whole celebrity memorabilia thing, but this is beyond creepy.

    June 28, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Matt the King

    There's no way that someone paid $5000 for a used tissue. I'm sure if this is looked into, this winning bid was never collected.

    June 28, 2010 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grece

      It wouldn't surprise me at all. There are some disturbed people out there and I've fanatics keep things like cigarette butts, used napkins, half-eaten sucker... It's really creepy.

      June 28, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
    • DH

      Celebrity snot sales could become a new cottage industry for those over-the-hill type celebs who can barely score reality shows.

      June 28, 2010 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    It's her's alright! I'd recognize those ribs any day!

    June 28, 2010 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. troll killah

    ild recognize those ribs anywhere

    June 28, 2010 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jenster


    June 28, 2010 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kris

    They're real and they're spectacular.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JoeD

    I still have some x-ray specs from back in the day.... The box said that if you turned them upside down you could look at an x-ray and see the body... I'll sell them for a mere $10k.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. just sick

    what is wrong with people, you want used toilet paper from her as well


    June 28, 2010 at 14:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. KMAN821

    Sound like there's a stupid @sshole with far too much money on his hands! What kind of a pathetic POS would buy something so worthless and absurd? If you have nothing better going on in your life than to collect sh*t like this ... try giving some of your $$ away to a noble cause ... you just might not be so GD pathetic then!!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. mabel floyd

    someone who would pay that a mount of money and still watch families go hungry and homeless is a vapid sick creature!!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zeke

      Relax! It's not like the $25,000 was destroyed. It was transferred from the buyer to the seller in exchange for the X-ray. The money is no farther (or closer) from being handed out to whatever cause you want other people to support.

      June 28, 2010 at 15:30 | Report abuse |
  18. Sparky

    Let this woman rest in peace you lowlifes

    June 28, 2010 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Ian


    June 28, 2010 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Reuben

    How low and disgusting can humans be?

    June 28, 2010 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RadTech01

      It's just an x-ray. How disgusting do you want?

      June 28, 2010 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Beyond you wildest imagination.
      The Guinness Book of World Records has a story of a man named Graham Barker who
      collects belly button lint, he has jars filled with them.

      June 29, 2010 at 07:13 | Report abuse |
  21. Betty

    some of the reports of prices paid are probably fake and will only run up any future auction creepies up for sale. Heck, I have a whole yard full of Lassie poop up for sale.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RadTech01

    Those are real chest x-rays. If they belong to her, who knows. Good reporting, though, by CNN. What's a side x-ray? I never learned that one in school, maybe these guys can teach me.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Matt


    June 28, 2010 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. rp

    Wonder how much her PAP smear will fetch

    June 28, 2010 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. radtech02

    A side x-ray is called a lateral.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RadTech01

      Thank God, you cleared that up. I was really wondering what a side x-ray was. (I hope you're catching my sarcasm here)

      June 28, 2010 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • Xrays4all

      Your sarsacm is terrible.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:13 | Report abuse |
  26. bluemountain

    Nice Rack!

    June 28, 2010 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Jim

    This is one sick and degenerate country full of some very sick people.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Bubba

    That's pretty sad.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Burbank

    Gross! Whoever spent money on that should be ashamed of themselves. Not only is it a ghoulish lack of respect for her after she has passed, but how many hungry children could that money have fed?? Better yet, how much free birth control and birth control education could that same money have provided so there wouldn't be hungry children in the first place?

    June 28, 2010 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. adamk116

    I think this is ridiculous. Can't Americans find something better to spend their money on?? We got people starving in other countries and even our own big problems here in the US, but 45,000 for a chest X-ray? 5,300 for Scarlett Johansson's used tissue. You people are sick. Stupid spenders and big wasters. All of you.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. blondegeisha

    How very sad

    June 28, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Brian


    No it couldnt... bc even if the guy didnt buy those i doubt he would just throw his money away on people who he doesnt know... people who buy cars and houses and clothes and other stuff owned by celebrities grossly overpay for shit all the time... but it doesnt make someone sick.. gross or messed up...

    June 28, 2010 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Tanya K

    Sick and repulsive that someone is selling and buying this – patient confidentiality should still apply, even though she is dead.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Canadian Jim

    Just when you didn't think society could get any weirder, there's always something more bizarre around the next corner.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. 1jimmyhoffa


    June 28, 2010 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Really?

    Yes... because there aren't children without homes, or people starving, or a ruined gulf, or anything like that...

    June 28, 2010 at 16:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Tom Coburn

    It is a testimony to current U.S. social values that someone would pay would pay $45K for a pic of mediocre breasts when I could make a list of almost an infinite number of items that you money would be better spent on.

    June 28, 2010 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. michael

    thats wrong i though i was bad .??

    June 28, 2010 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Frank

    I've got $5 for the first verifiable lump of Ernest Borgnine's nose gold. I'm looking to clone him and remake Marty.

    June 28, 2010 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. qball

    My grandpappy has a framed piece of toilet tissue that he claims was stuck to the bottom of Marilyn's pumps after she walked out of a Palm Springs nightclub way back when.....any takers? $45,000, OBO

    June 28, 2010 at 19:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. e.Borg9

    I haven't had good nose gold since 1955's Marty – I'm willing to pay handsomely for just a brief remembrance.... I also have an xray of ethel mermans "vjayjay" I think the kids call it these days – going... going.... anyone?

    June 28, 2010 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Tammy

    Some where there is a rich fool pleasuring himself to this xray

    June 29, 2010 at 03:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. wade n ginger n eastman georgia

    Well I have seen stranger things happen..Like last nite when Bill Compton really (stuck it too ) His maker Lorena...HA Ha HA... Just a little humor to go along with the story about last nites Unorthodox ending on True Blood..If you saw it you know what im talking about...If not then your obviously not a True Blood Fan....

    June 29, 2010 at 03:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. My God

    WTF is wrong with people. There are people starving in the world and I get to see s**t like this? This world is headed for the toilet, that's for damn sure. I guess I better get with the "me me me" program that everyone is indoctrinated with at birth; yet something inside yearns to escape this s**thole. Maybe the Buddha was right; "stupid" material possessions only end up making you a delusional demented moron that once had great potential.

    June 29, 2010 at 04:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Ballz

    I guess CNN didnt like my post on HIPAA violations regardless of whether the person had expired or not.
    Looks like she did have a nice rack though. Good for Kennedy.

    June 29, 2010 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. John

    just goes to show you there are idiots out there everywhere.

    June 29, 2010 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. blah blah

    I am just wondering how many that are posting actually use THEIR money for the worlds tragedies....... don't hate on people with weird fettishes or the fact that thy have money to spend on them.

    June 29, 2010 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. ouisch

    funny... who 'poses' for an x-ray with their hands on their hips?

    June 29, 2010 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Xrays4all

      Acutally hands on the hips with shoulders rolled forward (to move scapulas out of the lung field) is standard.
      And with the patient PA, and pressed against the board, the breasts will look larger, so dont everyone get too excited.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:09 | Report abuse |
  49. Lauren

    Ahhh, hello new season of True Blood! We don't have it in the UK yet, but sounds like it's going well? http://www.fancydressoutfitters.co.uk/fancy-dress-news/true-bloods-shapeshifter-sam-takes-a-break-from-women

    June 30, 2010 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. pete

    $45,000!!! Putting aside the fact that this money could have put a deserving student through college (or at least into a nicely-equipped Land Rover), this stretches the notion of a “valuable” item.


    June 30, 2010 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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