For the fist time since 1962, a diamond cocktail ring made by
Blancpain and owned by Marilyn Monroe will make its way to the auctions.
Next week, November 17th through the 19th, Julien’s Auctions
in Los Angels is holding one of the most complete Marilyn Monroe
auctions to date. Items include Marilyn Monroe Property from The
Collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts and from the Estate of Lee
Strasberg, amongst others. Articles up for auction range from a
sequined dress that was sewn closed while on her body and in which she
sang Happy Birthday to President J.F. Kennedy, to a tiny jeweled cocktail watch.
The Blancpain timepiece was bequeathed to Lee Strasberg, Monroe’s
mentor, upon her death. Lee’s widow, Anna Strasberg, has owned it until
now. While auction executives say they are estimating the watch to
retail for between $80,000 and $100,000 – it will most likely sell for a
much more, especially when fans of Monroe and watch lovers get involved
in the bidding.
The rectangular cocktail watch is standard 1930 watch that was then
adorned with 71 round diamonds and two marquise diamonds. According to
Darren Julien, founder and CEO of the auction house, it is most likely a