Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe key not a sexy item

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The key to a room at the Con­necti­cut inn where Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe stayed in 1956 while dating play­wright Arthur Miller has sold for $131.

The key from the Homestead Inn in New Mil­ford sold Friday on eBay to a woman who lives in the town, an­tiques dealer Loretta Kretchko said Mon­day.

Kretchko, who runs Bob Kretchko An­tiques with her hus­band, Bob, said they bought the inn’s keys two years ago when the prop­erty changed hands. There were mul­ti­ple keys for other rooms but only one for Mon­roe’s fa­vorite — No. 22, Loretta Kretchko said.

The Kretchkos put the key up for sale af­ter see­ing the in­ter­est gen­er­ated by the re­cent auc­tion of a dress Mon­roe wore as she fa­mously sang “Happy Birth­day” to Pres­i­dent John Kennedy. The dress sold this month for $4.8 mil­lion.

“I did think the key would have gone for a lit­tle more money to a Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe col­lec­tor,” Loretta Kretchko said. “It went to a lo­cal per­son for nos­tal­gia.”

Dur­ing the time Mon­roe stayed at the inn, Miller lived in nearby Roxbury. The cou­ple later mar­ried.

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A key for a room at an inn where Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe stayed while dating Arthur Miller sold for a mere $131.

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