Saturday, November 12, 2016

Watches: Marilyn's Time

-Forbes magazine

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.
Diamond cocktail watch by Blancpain owned by Marilyn Monroe
Diamond cocktail watch by Blancpain owned by Marilyn Monroe
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 unique piece.

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