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Marilyn Monroe Auction Memorabilia Shows She Had Plastic Surgery

Marilyn Monroe Auction Memorabilia Shows She Had Plastic Surgery
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10/09/2013 10:30AM

Looks like her natural beauty had a little help.

Medical records and X-rays of Marilyn Monroe set to be sold at auction next month appear to show that screen icon had facial plastic surgery during her 1950s Hollywood career.

The memorabilia, to go on the block Nov. 9-10 by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, is expected to fetch anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 and comes from her plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Gurdin, reports New York's Daily News.

Gurdin gave the films and notes to a friend who has put them up for bid anonymously. They show that in 1950 Monroe, who saw doctors under the alias "Miss Joan Newman," likely had a cartilage chin implant, which the medical records showed to be dissolving.



In addition, the star had a tip rhinoplasty on her nose, the auction house said in its announcement of the sale.

Gurdin's records also list Monroe as Marilyn Miller, a nod to her five-year marriage to Death of a Salesman playwright Arthur Miller.

The auction house says it was Monroe's psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson who took her to Gurdin. Her charts contain her medical history from 1950 through 1962, and include notes of an ectopic pregnancy she reported from 1957.

Although she is often described as curvaceous, Monroe is listed in her records as 5'6" and weighing 116 lbs.

Drs. James S. Conti and Samuel S. Steinberg, radiologists, took the X-rays after Monroe, then 36, took a late-night fall in June 1962. While they showed no damage to her nose, a later examination revealed a hairline fracture, the auction house said.

A day after they were taken, Monroe was fired from her final (and unfinished) film, 20th Century Fox's Something's Got to Give.

She was found dead at her Brentwood home on Aug. 5, 1962 of acute barbiturate poisoning, according to a coroner's report, but in the 51 years since, rumors and conspiracy theories about her passing have persisted – and added to her legend.

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