Marilyn Monroe’s Hair and ‘Falsies’ Are Being Auctioned by Former Funeral Home Employee
Marilyn Monroe died 53 years ago August 5, but die-hard fans can still own a piece of the starlet thanks to Allan Abbott, an author and former mortician who is auctioning off the screen siren’s hair and breast enhancers for a cool $50,000.
Abbott has bypassed the traditional auction house route—though it remains unclear whether or not traditional routes are available to him—and is instead opting to set up his own website specifically for the sale: marilynfalsies.com.
To make the story even creepier, Page Six reports that Abbott was an employee at the funeral home where Monroe’s body was embalmed, and he obtained Monroe’s hair and breast enhancers after rummaging through the trash while on the job.
“After everyone had left the room,” he says on his website, “I retrieved the items from the waste bin.”
“Because of severe swelling in her neck, the embalmer decided to perform a type of surgery on the back of her neck to decrease this swelling. It was necessary for him to remove some hair above her neck.”
Why, you might be wondering, did a star as famously buxom as Monroe need breast enhancers in the first place? Abbott has an answer to that, as well.
“I question the makeup man, Alan Snider, about the falsies,” he stated on his website, “and he told me that she always wore them between her bra and sweater to make it appear as if she was braless, which she felt gave her that provocative look she was trying to obtain.”
“I waited till now due to the sign from her crypt selling for 224k or so in June,” Abbott told artnet News in an email. “Not in the least creepy—a part of history.”
Abbott’s online auction begins today, with bids starting at $50,000, and will end on August 19. According to the website, anyone wishing to “inspect” the falsies and hair can do so within 48 hours notice up until August 17.
If you’re looking for a less cryptic and disturbing way to remember the blonde bombshell than purchasing locks of her hair, Time has a series of gorgeous photographs from her life and career.
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