Marilyn Monroe left the world suddenly and unexpectedly forty-five years ago this August but since that fateful day, her popularity has not waned. In fact, in many ways, her star has continued to shine even more brightly. The further away from that history takes us from this tragic icon, the closer the world wants to reach back to her in order to learn about her, discover all the details of her brief life, and connect with her in any way possible.
One connection that bridges her past with our present is the ability to view her personally-owned items. These items provide an insight into various facets of Miss Monroe’s life history including her career, her personal interests, tastes, and hobbies, as well as particular journeys along her life path.
One specific individual who can chronicle the late legend’s history this way is the owner of the World’s largest authentic collection of Marilyn Monroe-owned items, Mark Bellinghausen.
Mr. Bellinghaus’ interest in Marilyn Monroe was sparked at the age of nine upon his first glimpse of a photo of the superstar. His admiration continued into adulthood at which time
as a successful actor in Germany, he decided to immigrate to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles, the school started by Miss Monroe’s very own acting coach. While residing in Marilyn Monroe’s hometown, he began to amass a collection of her authentic belongings, which in turn have become a reflection of the actress’ life story.
Mr. Bellinghaus’ collection is comprised of such gems as costumes from her movies including the one-of-a-kind purple, blue, and pink colored cape from her film The Prince and the Showgirl. Personal apparel items are also highlights of his collection such as her orange Emilio Pucci Blouse and white bathing robe. She wore both items in one of her last photo sessions with famed photographer George Barris. The latter of these two items was also said to be worn by Miss Monroe on the day of her death.
Many of the furnishings from the late star’s modest Brentwood home are a part of The Mark Bellinghaus Collection such as her Mexican copper mirror, her dining room table, her welcome bench, her coffee table, and many beautiful paintings, pieces of pottery, and even the call bell that Miss Monroe utilized to summon her housekeeper Eunice Murray.
Within this collection, there are uncountable personal documents and unpublished photographs including the negatives as well as personal mementos and other items which can be the most treasured keys to unlock a person’s character and story. These include one of two birthday cards given to Miss Monroe on her 34th birthday while on the set of Let’s Make Love and also books from her personal reading library. Her sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses are also part of Mr. Bellinghaus’ collection as well as her authentic wire hair curlers in which the goddess’ blonde hair is still intertwined.
It is because of Mr. Bellinghaus’ expertise in authenticating Marilyn Monroe’s items that he has participated as a renowned specialist and consultant for major auction houses. With his astuteness in this area, he was able to recognize that a 2005 Marilyn Monroe Exhibit aboard the Queen Mary contained many suspicious items including Clairol Hair Rollers said to contain the real hair of Marilyn Monroe. Upon his personal investigation, it was discovered this brand and type of roller was manufactured in 1974 and Clairol was not even in existence at the time of Miss Monroe’s death in 1962. The exhibit which was scheduled for a worldwide tour was subsequently shut down after the credibility was questioned by Mr. Bellinghaus and Ernest Cunningham, author of The Ultimate Marilyn. Together they published their findings in two blog articles and then proceeded to file a class-action lawsuit against Queen Mary.
Following this disappointing exhibit, many are left with a craving for the opportunity to view genuine Marilyn Monroe-owned items. Mr. Bellinghaus has already shared his stunning collection with thousands while it was on display at the Hollywood Museum for four months. Paris Hilton and her parents were also honored guests who had a chance to marvel at this prestigious collection.
And once again thousands are clambering for Mr. Bellinghaus to share these wonderful treasures with the world. In response, he is currently seeking investors for an incredible exhibit proposal to tour his incomparable collection around the globe.
For those that are considering supporting this amazing exhibit, please view this video below for more information and photos about the largest, most comprehensive, and 100% authentic Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia Collection in the world.
Andy Warhol auction and Marilyn Monroe paintings are based on a photo of Marilyn taken during an outdoor shoot by photographer Gene Korman. Andy painted his works of Marilyn after her suicide in 1962, using a single color to depict her various “shades.” He then enlarged the paintings and transferred them to silk canvas. Once the base was transferred to silk he added other colors. Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe paintings are to this day kept museum at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve as a memorial to a bygone age, and the life of a famous and beautiful, yet troubled, model and actress.