Marilyn Monroe: Only letter to Hollywood icon from her estranged father to be auctioned

The only letter her estranged father wrote to Marilyn Monroe will be auctioned off next month.

The letter is one of 170 of Monroe’s possessions to be auctioned on December 17-18.

One of the most attractive lots is undoubtedly a handwritten letter from Charles Stanley Gifford, the man who was recently proven to be Monroe’s father by DNA testing.

“This card is the only known physical artifact that establishes a connection or communication between Gifford and his famous daughter,” reads the press release announcing the sale.

acc vanity fairGifford personally delivered the letter to Monroe while she was hospitalized.

The historian and collector named Scott Fortner, who discovered the letter, narrated persons Magazine that he “discovered the card purely by accident”.

“I have prepared Marilyn’s personal archives for auction at Julien’s Auctions,” he said. “This is the only known documented evidence of a relationship between Monroe and Gifford that solves the mystery of whether she knew or had contact with her birth father.”

The text on the letter reads: “This small, cheerful get well letter is specifically intended to express that many thoughts and wishes are also with you every day.”

(PA Archive)

Monroe reportedly had no relationship with her father growing up.

The auction’s press release states, “It is believed that Gifford did not want to upset his wife and children by allowing Monroe to be a part of his life.”

In addition to the letter, several of Monroe’s personal items such as beauty products, lipstick tubes, false eyelashes and more will be on display at the upcoming auction.

There will also be dresses, photographs, personal checkbooks, a medical record of cosmetic surgery she had and her most recent Screen Actors Guild membership card. Marilyn Monroe: Only letter to Hollywood icon from her estranged father to be auctioned


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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