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Mar­i­lyn’s Thun­der­bird up for sale

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A two-seater con­vert­ible car owned by Mar­i­lyn Monroe is up for auc­tion in Novem­ber and could fetch up to $500,000 (about R7.2m), or­gan­is­ers said on Tues­day.

The 1956 raven-black Ford Thun­der­bird, owned by the movie star for six years un­til shortly be­fore her death in 1962, is be­ing auc­tioned for the first time.

Monroe was pic­tured driv­ing in the car with her hus­band, play­wright Arthur Miller, shortly af­ter their wed­ding in June 1956.

Darren Julien, pres­i­dent of Julien’s Auc­tions, said the car “comes with an aura of glam­our, ro­mance and tragedy of a true Hol­ly­wood leg­end”.

Monroe gave the Thun­der­bird to the son of her act­ing coach, Lee Stras­berg, in 1962. The cur­rent owner, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, tracked the ve­hi­cle down in 2016 as part of Stras­berg’s es­tate.

 ?? Pic­ture: Cour­tesy Julien’s Auc­tions ?? Mar­i­lyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thun­der­bird con­vert­ible is be­ing auc­tioned off in Novem­ber.
Pic­ture: Cour­tesy Julien’s Auc­tions Mar­i­lyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thun­der­bird con­vert­ible is be­ing auc­tioned off in Novem­ber.

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