LOS ANGELES – Medical files proving Hollywood screen siren Marilyn Monroe underwent cosmetic surgery sold for US$25,600 during a weekend auction in California.
The sale, organised in Beverly Hills by Julien's Auctions, was dedicated to personal objects of the rich and famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Andrews, Greta Garbo and Princess Diana.
Monroe's medical file had aroused curiosity because it includes several x-rays of the star's face and medical summaries offering details on the surgeries she had.
The medical records refer to Monroe by various aliases. She saw Dr. Michael Gurdin from July 1958 and her chief complaint was "chin deformity."
In 1950, then 24, the star of "Some Like It Hot" and "The Seven-year Itch" had a cartilage implant in her chin, which the doctor said slowly began to dissolve. The implant was done as part of a procedure called a tip rhinoplasty, on the end of Monroe's nose, the records show.
The file also describes an ectopic pregnancy, in 1957 in New York, five years before her death.
Also sold at the auction – fetching even higher prices than the medical file – were Monroe's Redbook Award from 1952, for $62,500 and a series of photos, with copyrights, of the sex symbol's trip to visit soldiers during the Korean War.
Other top sellers at the auction included a gown designed by Catherine Walker and owned by Princess Di, which sold for $75,000, Greta Garbo's suitcase, which went for $12,500, and the wedding dress Julie Andrews wore in "The Sound of Music," which went for $22,500. AFP