Documented proof of one of the great romances of the 20th century is up for auction.
According to the company’s site, the document, which is dated Jan. 14, 1954, features both of their legal names, Norma Jeane Dougherty and Joseph DiMaggio, along with the signatures of California Municipal Court Judge Charles S. Peery and witnesses Rene Barsocchini and Tom DiMaggio.
Bidding for the marriage license starts at $25,000, though the item is expected to go for upwards of $75,000.
Perhaps because of the intense public attention that met their union, the Hollywood legend filed for divorce from the Yankee Clipper just nine months after they eloped — shortly after filming the iconic “Seven Year Itch” subway grate scene — reportedly due to his jealously and controlling nature.
Seven years later in 1961, the former couple reconnected as Monroe’s marriage to playwright Arthur Miller came to an end. Despite their closeness in the last year-and-a-half of the actress’ life, they did not remarry before her death at 36 from a barbiturate overdose on Aug. 5, 1962.
DiMaggio remained devoted to Monroe in the decades following her death, even going as far as to have a half-dozen roses delivered to her grave three times a week for 20 years following her passing. After his death at age 84, Vanity Fair reported that the slugger’s last words were, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
The couple’s marriage license can be bid on until Saturday, May 20.
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