Joe DiMaggio’s heartfelt love for Marilyn Monroe has us absolutely swooning.
The private heartache the couple felt during their breakup is getting a bit of a public airing this month before “Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Archives” go up for bid at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills in December, Fox News reports.
“I love you and want to be with you,” DiMaggio wrote in one 1954 letter, penned after he learned from Monroe’s televised announcement that she was filing for divorce after their several months-long marriage. “There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me.
“My heart split even wider seeing you cry in front of all these people,” he continued in the letter addressed to “Mrs. Joe DiMaggio” and mailed special delivery.
The collection of recently discovered letters contains more than 300 individual pieces, including letters between Monroe and DiMaggio, as well as love letters from Monroe’s third and final husband, playwright Arthur Miller, and a handwritten letter from Monroe addressing the gorgeous actress and socialite’s own insecurities.
Other letters were sent to Monroe from some of her famous friends, like Clark Gable and Cary Grant, as well as Jane Russell, who wrote a letter to Monroe begging her to give her marriage to DiMaggio another chance.
The auction owner is estimating that the collection could sell for more than $1 million, even though a watercolor painting by Monroe brought in only $80,000 nine years ago. The owner said Monroe’s “collectability” is much higher than it once was and the public is more interested in personal items that belonged to the longtime sex symbol.
“It really gives you the chills when you read some of the stuff and see the intimacy and the personal nature of it,” auction curator, Martin Nolan, told Fox.
Monroe, who died of a drug overdose at age 36 in 1962, willed the collection of letters to a close friend. Fox reports they’re in pristine condition.