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A typed file copy letter dated June 1, 1962, beneath “5th Helena” addressed “Dear Lee and Paula:” and reading in part, “The most important thing in my life is my work, my work with you. The Actors Studio is my home. … I wonder if you realize what the work has meant to me. … The studio is for the theatre and for life. Marlon and I are having talks and we hope to persuade you to come to California for awhile to do work with us. Thank you Lee for being my friend and my teacher. Thank you Paula, for being with me and really truly directing the good and right moments on film. … When I think of home it is New York and the Actors Studio. That is where I can exist in the human race. Love, Marilyn.”

A postcard written by George Harrison, and addressed to Mr. “Smith,” c/o Friar Park. It was auctioned by Julien’s Auctions, with a winning bid of $1,024.

Didn’t we meet on a summer cruise???……… Quelle domáge!!
Love from G. O. D.

Those who own the Living in the Material World book and have perused the credits and acknowledgements section may spot something familiar in the “G. O. D.”:

“Very special thanks to G. from O. and D. Harrison

A figure-hugging sheer black and nude embellished cocktail dress worn by Marilyn Monroe while singing “I’m through with Love” atop a grand piano in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (United Artists, 1959). The dress is composed of black souffle and nude silk jersey embellished with columns of jet-like beads and sequins, scattered beaded butterfly appliques, and beaded fringes. The dress has a built-in bra and an illusion of a deep plunging back that was considered extremely daring for its’day. Hand finishing work is present to the interior. A Western Costume label inscribed “Marilyn Monroe 1575-1” is attached to the interior of the bra. Legend tells that Monroe had to be lifted to the piano for this scene as the dress was very form fitting. Some Like It Hot is considered to be one of the greatest film comedies of all time. It was voted as the top comedy film by the American Film Institute on their list on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs poll in 2000. The film won the 1960 Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical, Best Actress in Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical for Monroe, and Best Actor in Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical for Jack Lemmon. Orry-Kelly won the 1959 Academy Award for costume design for his work on this film. Some restoration work is present.


The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions held a memorabilia free valuation day at the Beatles Story museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, last Thursday which turned up this interesting letter from John.

The letter is John’s famous note to Her Majesty the Queen, from when he decided to return his MBE to the palace. The letter reads: 

Your Majesty, 

I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the chart.

With love John Lennon

John Lennon of Bag.

The owner of the piece, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said the letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection of 45s, which was picked up for £10 at a car boot sale 20 years ago. 

Julien’s Auctions valued the letter at £60,000. Until then, the owner of the letter had presumed it must have been a copy and was stunned to discover that it could be worth such a huge sum of money.

Darren Julien, Director at Julien’s Auctions, has theorised that the letter may be an early draft, due to the smudged ink.

“If you’re writing to the Queen, you want the letter to look pretty perfect, you don’t want the ink to be smudged. This suggests that he wrote a second version of the letter, which was the one that was actually sent to the Queen. We’ll be doing some further research but this could be the Beatles find of the year. There is no doubt that the handwriting is definitely that of John Lennon.”
[Darren Julien, quoted in The Telegraph, 27th Oct 2016]

Photos above of the letter and of the Beatles press conference after they’d been to collect the MBE on 26th October 1965! (Look at the dates! Spooky!) The press conference was held in the downstairs bar of the Savile Theatre.

Q: What did the Queen say to you?

John Lennon: She said to me, ‘Have you been working hard recently?’ And I couldn’t think what we’ve been doing, so I said, 'No, we’ve been having a holiday,’ when actually we’ve been recording.

Paul McCartney: Then she said to me, 'Have you been together long?’ and I said, 'Yes, many years,’ and Ringo said, 'Forty years,’ and she laughed.

George Harrison: She said, 'It’s a pleasure giving it to you,’ but that’s what she said to everybody, and she put John’s on first.

John Lennon: I must have looked shattered.

Ringo Starr: She said, 'Did you start it all?’ and I said, 'No, they did,’ pointing to the other guys. 'I joined last. I’m the little fellow.’

[Beatles press conference, The Beatles Bible]

John’s letter - PA,
MBE pics - Rolls Press/Popperfoto

A Marilyn Monroe black silk velvet dress believed to be the dress worn by Monroe to the 1956 Prince and the Showgirl press conference with Laurence Olivier at the Plaza hotel in New York. The right strap of Monroe dress broke at that event and had to be secured with a safety pin. There are obvious signs of repair on this strap.

A Ceil Chapman black figure-hugging cocktail dress worn by Marilyn Monroe on December 19, 1953 when she appeared at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles to receive the Miss Press Club Award and to the restaurant, La Rue. The ruched jersey dress has a black silk taffeta three-tiered detail attached to the hip and a Ceil Chapman label. Chapman was one of Monroe’s favorite designers. A Christie’s lot tag and an in-house inventory tag inscribed “Strasberg #16” with an inventory number to the verso are present.

Dorothy Dress Fetches $480,000 at Auction Yesterday!

 The star of Julien’s most recent auction was one of the blue and white gingham pinafore dress designed by the legendary, Adrian. Despite the large sum of money the dress went for, it still pales in comparison to the test dress sold last year at the Debbie Reynolds auction for $910,000. Auctioneer Darren Julien believes that the difference in price is due to the fact that there is only one test dress, whereas there are a few of the screen used dresses floating about. Still the dress managed to snag one of the highest prices at the auction yesterday. The buyer has yet to be identified.