Marilyn, the Traffic Cop, and More

A photograph signed by Marilyn to avoid a speeding ticket will be auctioned at a starting price of $4,000, Metro reports. Los Angeles traffic cop Roy Garrett (now deceased) made a habit of acquiring autographs from movie stars with bad driving skills.  Marilyn inscribed the photo, ‘To Roy, love and kisses. Thanks for keeping me out of the clink.’

Other stars in Mr Garrett’s ‘rogue’s gallery’ are Errol Flynn, Jimmy Stewart, Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers and Dean Martin. ‘The Marilyn Monroe one is a real gem,’ says Margaret Barrett of Heritage Auctions. ‘She only signed photos for people she knew and not random strangers.’

A 1959 letter from playwright William Inge (author of Bus Stop)


Marilyn after the East Of Eden premiere, 1955

The Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Sale, organised by Heritage Auctions, will be held in Beverly Hills on July 24. Other Monroe-related items include a pink Pucci blouse, a note from playwright William Inge, and rare photos from Korea and the East of Eden premiere.

Marilyn in Korea, 1954

UPDATE: Here are some of the winning bids…

Photo inscribed to Roy Garrett: $31,250

Marilyn’s last check: $15,000 (see here)

Pink Pucci blouse: $12,500

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