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July 29, 2002
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A London auction house is holding an auction of memorabilia belonging to the late Marilyn Monroe, as a tribute to the screen goddess in the run-up to the 40th anniversary of her death. 

Among the lots going under the hammer on Tuesday are a silk dress and a diamante ring initialled “M”, which belonged to the tragic film actress who made her name as the star of such classics as Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch. 

Marilyn died on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36, ensuring her status as an immortal film icon. The auction house Cooper Owen expects the jewellery alone to fetch at least £4,000. 

A silk Pucci dress worn by the actress could fetch around £3,000. “But if we get some real Marilyn Monroe fans at the auction, who knows what price will be paid,” said a spokesman. 

Entitled “At The Movies”, the auction will also sell a variety of mementoes from classic films such as the Michael Caine thriller Get Carter and Bruce Lee’s final film Enter The Dragon. 

The most valuable lot is likely to be a replica set of Queen Elizabeth I’s jewels worn by Cate Blanchett in the movie Elizabeth. The collection – the only known copies – includes a crown, orb, medallion and three pieces of neck ornamentation and is expected to fetch up to £20,000. 

The auction will take place on Tuesday evening at 7 pm (BST).

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Marilyn, best known for her starring roles in the classic films Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch, died on August 5, 1962 aged 36, ensuring her status as an immortal film icon