A pair of rhinestone earrings from silver-screen legend Marilyn Monroe sold at auction for $185,000 according to the Associated Press. Monroe is thought to have worn the chandelier-style accessories to the premiere of the 1955 film "The Rose Tattoo," a film based on a Tennessee Williams play that she was not in. The jewelry was auctioned off along with other notable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia, including Humphrey Bogart's lighter and David Hasselhoff's Pontiac Firebird.
Born Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1926, Monroe encountered many struggles growing up in Los Angeles. Her mother was a film cutter for RKO and she never knew her father. When her mother was committed to a psychiatric hospital, Monroe was shuffled around through orphanages and foster homes. She married for the first time when she was only 16 to avoid being sent back to an orphanage. That marriage only lasted four years.
Monroe legally changed her name in 1956, though she had been using "Marilyn Monroe" as her stage name since her first screen test in 1946. It wasn't until 1950, however, that her film career began to take off. She would go on to become one of the biggest movie stars and sex symbols of her generation, starring in such classics as "Some Like it Hot," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Bus Stop." Her alleged affairs with some of the country's most powerful men also added to her allure. The name and career she built for herself led her to become one of the most recognizable faces of the 20th century.
The rhinestone earrings that were auctioned off in L.A. featured five strands of square rhinestones hanging from a single larger round stone. This kind of costume rhinestone jewelry was typical of Monroe's wardrobe, as later analysis of her estate revealed. After her death in 1962, it was found that the majority of Monroe's jewelry was rhinestone or crystal, quite a revelation from a figure who rose to fame singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."
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