Friday, March 29, 2013
NEW YORK — Marilyn Monroe’s letter of despair to mentor Lee Strasberg, and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s heartfelt missives to his wife during World War II are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.
Monroe’s handwritten, undated letter to the famed acting teacher is expected to fetch $30,000 to $50,000 in the May 30 sale.
The 58 Eisenhower letters, handwritten between 1942 and 1945, range from news of the war to the Allied commander’s devotion to his wife, Mamie. They are believed to be among the largest group of Eisenhower letters to survive intact and could bring up to $120,000, said Joseph Maddalena, whose Profiles in History is auctioning the items.
They are among 250 letters and documents being sold by an anonymous American collector. Selected items will be exhibited April 8-16 at Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue art gallery.
Also included is a typed, undated draft letter from John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney that reflects the deep animosity between the two Beatles around the time of the foursome’s formal 1971 breakup.
Other highlights include two large photo albums that Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini exchanged prior to World War II.
The leather-bound albums, containing hundreds of images, have a pre-sale estimate of up to $50,000.