Marilyn Monroe’s Ford Thunderbird Zooms to Auction

The sleek '56 dream machine is expected to fetch $300,000-$500,000.

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Marilyn Monroe's 1956 Ford Thunderbird will appear at auction, for the first time ever, on Nov. 17, 2018. Julien's Auctions of Culver City is the auction house.
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Marilyn Monroe's 1956 Ford Thunderbird will appear at auction, for the first time ever, on Nov. 17, 2018. Julien's Auctions of Culver City is the auction house.
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The car auction is part of the larger Icons & Idols: Hollywood event at Julien's Auctions.
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The movie star owned the Ford Thunderbird from 1955 to 1962. She gifted it in 1962 to John Strasberg, the son of legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, on the occasion of his 18th birthday. Ms. Monroe passed away in August 1962.
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Marilyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller drove the sleek vehicle to their civil wedding ceremony in 1956.
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The star purchased the car in Westport, Connecticut.
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Top up or down, it is quite the elegant roll. Ford, in fact, billed it as a "Personal Luxury Car" at the time.
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It boasts a 225 horsepower V8 engine.
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Prestige Thunderbird, Inc. in Santa Fe Springs gave the vehicle a "frame-off restoration," and "special heed was given to the retention of original parts, with most driver and passenger touch surfaces left undisturbed."
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Wish these were your keys? Tune into the Nov. 17, 2018 auction at Julien's Auctions.
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And find more information on this gorgeous car, and its Monroe-magnificent history, at the Julien's Auctions site.
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