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The New York Times

By Richard Sandomir
Published: May 20, 2006

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"Fans of Monroe Sift Through a DiMaggio Agglomeration"

Keya Morgan paid $1,430 for DiMaggio's leather-lidded jewelry box with 30 various items inside and $5,500 for his passport, which was valid from 1981 to 1986. But Morgan said his attachment was less to DiMaggio than to Joltin' Joe's second wife, Marilyn Monroe. Morgan said he was friends with Monroe's first husband, James Dougherty.

"This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime chance to get something that's guaranteed to be authentic because it's from the family," he said.

He said he would probably resell the box for $1,500 and each piece of jewelry for $1,000. "I'd like to buy the Marilyn passport," Morgan added.

The auction's guest star is Monroe. DiMaggio left nothing behind as valuable as the form-fitting gown she wore to serenade President Kennedy in 1962 (the dress sold 37 years later for $1.3 million), but he did keep plenty of goodies that will be auctioned off today.

The DiMaggio-Monroe marriage certificate will be on the Hunt block (for an estimated minimum of $10,000), as will her passport ($30,000 to $40,000), a love letter she wrote late one night shortly after their wedding ("I want someday for you to be proud of me as a person, and as your wife, and as the mother of the rest of your children"), and the divorce summons from October 1954 ($5,000 to $7,500).

 

*Keya Morgan/Keya Gallery bought hundreds of Joe DiMaggio's belongings including his wallet and it's contents, driver's licence, passport, watch collection, trophies, scrapbooks, letters from US Presidents to DiMaggio, numerous Marilyn Monroe items, his personal photographs, etc.