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    An intimate memento of the ultimate American celebrity couple

    Circa 1954 Joe DiMaggio Handwritten Signed Love Note to Marilyn Monroe. He was one of the most successful and beloved athletes in American history, a nine-time World Champion immortalized in Cooperstown bronze, but it was one lost love that occupied Joe DiMaggio's thoughts in his final moments. As he lay on his death bed, moments from the end, he whispered his final words to his lawyer and confidante Morris Engelberg: "I'll finally get to see Marilyn."

    Though the marriage of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe both began and ended in the calendar year of 1954, it remains the most famous celebrity pairing in American history. Those volatile nine months found a domineering and occasionally violent DiMaggio unable to accept Marilyn's status as Hollywood's leading sex symbol, but his passion for his young bride could occasionally manifest itself in charming fashion, as is evidenced here in one of the few surviving relics of this tempestuous love affair.

    It would appear that DiMaggio stopped into the lobby of the tony Hotel Chatham just north of Grand Central Station in midtown Manhattan to pay a visit to Monroe and, learning she was absent, scribbled a quick note to be delivered to her room. His 9/10 blue fountain pen ink reads, simply, "I love you, Joe." The 5.25x6.5" page was folded in half and placed into an envelope addressed in DiMaggio's distinctive hand, "Marilyn, Rm 2728." It is, to the best of our knowledge, the only piece of personal correspondence between these two iconic figures ever to reach the collectibles hobby.

    The brief duration of their marriage and DiMaggio's intensely private stance on all matters relating to Monroe has limited supply of any relics related to this pair, resulting in a supply inversely proportional to the enormous demand. The $191,200 result achieved in a May 2006 Heritage Auction for a baseball signed by DiMaggio and Monroe was then a record price for an autographed sphere, a clear indication of the couple's enduring legacy. This simple yet intensely personal memento is certain to draw enormous interest when it takes its turn on our Platinum Night auction block. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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