Marilyn’s ‘Legendary’ Black Thunderbird

Marilyn’s Ford Thunderbird, sold for $490,000 at Julien’s in 2018 (see here), is listed among the top 5 cars owned by Hollywood legends on the Driving website today. Marilyn had a 1956 version of the car in Raven Black, loaded with a V8 engine that put out a cool 222bhp, propelling the car to 113mph. It was a gift from her business partner Milton Greene. They are pictured here en route to Marilyn’s civil wedding ceremony in June 1956, with husband-to-be Arthur Miller at the wheel.

Marilyn’s Golden Globe Wins Again at Julien’s

Marilyn with Rock Hudson at the Golden Globes, 1962

Marilyn’s 1962 Golden Globe – as World Film Favourite – was sold for $250,000 at the Julien’s Icons & Idols auction yesterday – making it the highest selling Golden Globe to go under the hammer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, Marilyn’s black Ford Thunderbird sold for $490,000; the black silk blouse worn at her 1956 Los Angeles Airport press conference for $43,750; and her checked trousers, worn in an early photo shoot with Andre de Dienes, reached $31,250. Surprisingly, her white beaded dress from There’s No Business Like Show Business went unsold. (And you can check out my favourite auction picks here.)

Marilyn and the Florist

Marilyn in her black Thunderbird – Sam Shaw, 1957

“When I was a teenager in the late 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was my favourite movie star! I worked a few days a week after high school at Goldfarb’s Florist at 57th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan.

One day I was in the flower shop and there in front of me was Marilyn Monroe! She was dressed in a fur coat but was shorter than I thought! Being a teenager and not wanting to admit that I needed glasses, the sight of my favourite movie star was a bit fuzzy.

Marilyn and her husband, Arthur Miller, lived just up the street on 57th Street, and on Saturdays, on my lunch hour I would walk by her Sutton Place apartment building, hoping to see her. I never did. But I did see her and her husband very often from the office window of the second floor of the florist.

I would always wave to her getting into her black Thunderbird and she would always wave back to me. That’s my experience with Marilyn Monroe and it’s one I will always remember.”

John Martone, Augusta Chronicle