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Marilyn Monroe's grave marker to be sold at auction after selling for £175,000 last year

Mirror logo Mirror 16/11/2016 By Katherine Clementine

© Provided by Mirror Marilyn Monroe's grave marker is on sale and open for bids, just over a year after it last sold for a whopping £175,000 ($NZD 307,000).

The simple bronze plate marking the Hollywood star's resting place fetched £175,000, despite auctioneers expecting it to raise just £800.

This year, bidding starts at around £40,000 for the marker, which gains attention from thousands of adoring fans every year.

But the plate, which reads ' Marilyn Monroe 1926 - 1962', has to be changed occasionally as fans touch, kiss, and even leave lipstick on the marker, which oxidises the bronze.

The marker up for auction on November 17th dates back to the early 1990's and was made by The Gasser-Olds Company, a bronze foundry in Vernon, California, who made all of the Monroe markers.

It will be sold among other weird and wonderful items including a slice of cake from Charles and Diana's Royal 1981 wedding, a Christmas card sent by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bruce Lee's National Karate Championship Plaque.

Marilyn Monroe is buried in a crypt at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, at mid-chest height, so it is accessible to fans and tourists.

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The sale description for the marker reads: "Some rubbing and oxidation to bronze, overall in very good condition.

"The bronze marker reads "Marilyn Monroe' on the first line, and "1926 - 1962," on the second line.

"The reverse side of the marker reads, 'Make Two Patterns for Marge.'

"Marge is the production supervisor who set the lettering on the marker."

The Some Like It Hot star and sex symbol was found dead after an overdose, aged just 36.

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