Don’t get too excited- we’re talking x-rays here, people! A whole new set of pictures of this oft-photographed woman sheds light on her life…literally. According to Darren Julien, the president of the house auctioning off three of Marilyn Monroe’s x-rays, they are “the ultimate look into the legend.”
The x-rays are taken just two months after Monroe’s famous scene from the classic movie Seven Year Itch at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Florida during November of 1954.
The actress had surgery at Lebanon Hospital for endometriosis, a condition of the womb, which caused her considerable physical pain. The x-ray was also taken around the time that Marilyn was believed to be pregnant. “And”, as Julien said, “rumor has it that she had a miscarriage.” She was still married at this time to baseball star Joe DiMaggio but the two had split up and were going through divorce proceedings. The x-ray states her married name of Marilyn DiMaggio.
A young doctor working in the radiology department of the hospital obtained the x-rays later on and passed them on to his daughter who put them up for sale. Of the three x-rays, the most coveted was the one of Marilyn’s chest. It was sold for $25,000 compared to $10,000 each for the two other side view x-rays.
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