Marilyn Monroe’s personal script from the last film she was starring in before she died is expected to fetch £20,000 at auction.
The 51-page copy of the script from the unfinished 1962 movie ‘Something’s Got To Give’ belonging to the movie icon will go under the hammer on September 27.
The Hollywood actress died on August 5, 1962 while filming the screenplay during which she was notoriously sacked by Twentieth Century Fox after taking time off ill and performing at John F.Kennedy’s 45th birthday celebrations where she famously did her ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ performance.
Production of the film – where she starred alongside Dean Martin – was terminated following her death aged 36.
Now Marilyn’s personal script used in the months leading up to her untimely demise has been discovered and is expected to fetch between £15,000-£20,000 at an online auction.
The unique sale by PFC auctions is expected to generate interest from museums, private collectors and and Marilyn fans worldwide.
Spokeswoman Kylie Whitehead said “This script is an exceptional memento from Marilyn’s last film, once owned by the icon herself.
“This script is a very delightful piece of personal memorabilia that was used by Marilyn in the last months of her life. It was essentially her final curtain call.
“This is a rare opportunity for collectors to get their hands on such a personal and unique item from one of the most iconic stars in history.”
During the making of the movie Monroe angered movie bosses by famously performing Happy Birthday Mr President to JFK while having time off filming with an apparent sinus infection.
She caused further trouble upon her return to the set having missed 17 of the 30 shooting days by bathing naked in a swimming pool and inviting unauthorised photographers into the studio.
Marilyn was fired by Twentieth Century Fox after the film had become over budget and behind schedule due to her inability to appear on set due to her apparent illness.
The film-makers cited the reason for her sacking as: “The wilful failure and refusal of Miss Monroe to fully perform and comply with the terms and conditions of said agreement on her part to be performed; the undersigned corporation hereby elects to and does hereby terminate, effective as of June 8, 1962, all of its obligations to utilize the services of Miss Monroe in said above mentioned motion picture.”
However she was later re-instated after co-star Dean Martin refused to continue filming without her.
She was re-hired on the condition that director George Cukor was replaced by Jean Negulesco, her director in How to Marry a Millionaire.
Production was set to continue that October but Marilyn died on August 5, 1962 and the production of the film was never finished.
Online bidding at www.pfcauctions.com is now open and will end at 7pm on Thursday, September 27.