Marilyn’s ‘Blondes’ Suit, and More, at Bonham’s

Bonham’s will auction Marilyn’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes suit – in which she sang ‘When Love Goes Wrong, Nothing Goes Right’, back in 1953 – at their TCM Presents … Treasures From the Dream Factory sale on November 23. Other MM-related items include her red saloon gown, also designed by Travilla, and worn while singing ‘One Silver Dollar’ in River of No Return (1954); Marilyn’s signed contract for The Asphalt Jungle (1950); Paddy Chayevsky’s annotated early screenplay for The Goddess (1958), a thinly veiled portrait of Marilyn, starring Kim Stanley; and Natalie Wood’s bound screenplay for Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1947), in which Marilyn made her screen debut.

The Kills Cover ‘One Silver Dollar’

One of my favourite bands (The Kills) covering one of Marilyn’s best songs (‘One Silver Dollar’, from River of No Return): this is a win-win situation for me. The cover was recorded as part of a live session for Australia’s Triple J.

While nothing can match Marilyn’s sweet, sad rendition (in my opinion), singer Alison Mosshart offers a bluesy take on the original, and it’s a fine tribute to an underrated song.