Nearly $16 million worth of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is set to be†auctioned off for charity.
British collector¬†David Gainsborough Roberts has spent his life acquiring rare Monroe collectibles, which include the late cultural icon’s costumes, clothing and undergarments.
“I have been collecting for many years,” Gainsborough Roberts said. “I’m 70 years of age now, I don’t have a wife and children, so I thought I must sell things… I have got a lot of big things out there which I hope people will love and buy.”
The¬†auction will be in 2016 and will coincide¬†with what would have been Monroe’s 90th birthday. The iconic sex symbol¬†(born Norma Jeane Mortenson) was born June 1, 1926. She died August 5, 1962 at age 36 of “probable suicide.”
Proceeds from this auction¬†will benefit British-based charities, including the Jersey Heritage Trust. “I love Jersey,” Gainsborough Roberts explained. “I have been here since 1964, it is where I grew up and am in the same house I’ve been in all these years. When I pop off I would like to give something back to Jersey which has been kind to me.”
Located in St. Helier, Jersey, the Jersey Heritage Trust is home to many artifacts, documents and¬†art relative to Jersey’s history and the preservation of their culture and identity.¬† ~Sandra D. Sukraj