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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Sunday January 12, 2020 at 9:28 AM
PIC: 1956 T-Bird that belonged to Marilyn Monroe,
Marilyn Monroe's 1956 Ford Thunderbird (purchased in 1955). It was always assumed that this car belonged to her one time husband, Arthur Miller--and there are countless photos of him driving her in the car. After hiding for almost 60 years, in 2018, it was revealed that the Thunderbird still existed, and in fact that it really belonged to Marilyn--and not Arthur Miller. According to Julien's Auctions, Marilyn gave the car to John Strasberg for his 18th birthday in 1959, but it appears that she didn't transfer the title until 1962--shortly before she died. John was the son of Lee and Paula Strasberg, who coached and mentored Marilyn with her acting. They were also surrogate parents to her (and beneficiaries to most of her estate). John Strasberg is still alive and is now 78, living in New York. What happened after Strasberg's ownership isn't completely clear to us.
To much fanfare, Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles auctioned the car in November of 2018. At the time, the current owner wished to remain anonymous. It was being sold with a detailed history of the vehicle as well as full documentation to the buyer. The selling estimate was $300-500,000. It sold for $490,000. Added trivia--Marilyn Monroe had a sister (half-sister). She's still alive today. Berniece Baker Miracle turned 100 last July.

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PIC: 1956 T-Bird that belonged to Marilyn Monroe, by Dick Johnson #46210
Beautiful Black Bird. I just happened to watch "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" last night! (EOM) by Al Dorado #46210.1
can you guess what this car and MM had in common ? (EOM) by Joop Gisbers #46210.2
They both looked awesome "in the pink"? (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46210.2.1
Neither of them were difficult to enter. (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #46210.2.2
My favorite Baby Bird. (EOM) by John Bono #46210.3
My understanding of this car is that MM got it originally in black by Jack Dodds #46210.4
It is said that of the only one made there are only 150 left. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #46210.4.1Moderator
I hear she is sometimes seen driving old sections of Route 66 . by Gary Rockwood #46210.4.2

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