Marilyn Monroe's mink stole to be auctioned

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Actress Marilyn Monroe's mink stole which she wore in 1949 film 'Love Happy' is set for an auction, with bidding starting at USD 20,000.

The fashion accessory worn by the late actress in the final Marx Brothers film will be auctioned by Nate D Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles tomorrow, reported Female First.

The Hollywood icon passed away aged 36 in 1962 from a barbiturate overdose in Los Angeles. Her walk-on role in the 'Love Happy' came before her big breakthrough.

In the film, Monroe was seen holding the mink stole as she walked past Groucho Marx with the intention of catching his attention.

After having recently been dropped from her contract at Columbia Pictures, her agent Harry Lipton landed her an audition for the small role in the film. Monroe practised her walk, which would then become one of her distinctive trademarks, in front of a mirror for a week before her audition in order to prepare for the role.

The mink stole was made by Western Costume Company, and is light brown in colour with a brown-grey satin lining and black trim. It is 76 inches in length, with its widest point being 15 inches, and 9 inches at its narrowest point.

The news of the mink stole auction comes as it was revealed the dress she wore in hit film 'Some Like It Hot' as well as handwritten notes and letters belonging to the pop culture icon had been uncovered, and would also be auctioned off.

More than 1,200 items including jewellery, make-up, and shoes will make it to the Los Angeles auction in November.

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