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    The ultimate celebrity couple!

    Circa 1954 Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe Dual-Signed Baseball. Though the marriage of Joe and Marilyn was troubled and very short, it remains to this day the ultimate celebrity pairing, the consummate sports legend and the definitive Hollywood star. It is well known that despite a lifelong affection for Miss Monroe that saw DiMaggio send flowers to Marilyn's grave until his own passing, Joe absolutely refused to sign any Monroe related material after her death, whether it be photographic images or pages already bearing her autograph. Any signed artifacts blessed by both legendary hands derive only from the brief periods that this couple spent together, literally only a span of months given the short length of their romance and the large percentage of that time that travel separated them. This tight rein that DiMaggio held upon supply after Marilyn's death, paired with the intense desirability of DiMaggio/Monroe material among autograph collectors, suggests spirited bidding when this lot takes its turn on the auction block.

    It has been eight years since our last offering of a DiMaggio/Monroe dual-signed baseball, a nearly pristine specimen that held the record for several years as the highest price ever paid for an autographed ball at $191,200. While the presented example does not quite measure up to the extraordinary state of preservation of the earlier offering, it remains well within the bounds of acceptable condition. The Yankees legend provides a brief inscription in 6/10 blue ink, reading, "To Tommy, Best Wishes from Joe DiMaggio." On the opposite panel, Marilyn is a couple shades lighter, but large and unadorned by personalization. The medium is a Spalding "Official Baseball."

    As TMZ, Twitter and dozens of paparazzi-fueled magazine immerse the nation (and world) ever deeper in celebrity culture, the presented sphere reads as a seminal document of that story. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.







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    Auction Dates
    Jul-Aug, 2014
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
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