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Important March 1, 1954 Marilyn Monroe autographed handwritten letter as sent to Joe DiMaggio. (PSA/DNA)
Important March 1, 1954 Marilyn Monroe autographed handwritten letter as sent to Joe DiMaggio. (PSA/DNA)
Important March 1, 1954 Marilyn Monroe autographed handwritten letter as sent to Joe DiMaggio. (PSA/DNA)
Important March 1, 1954 Marilyn Monroe autographed handwritten letter as sent to Joe DiMaggio. (PSA/DNA)
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Important March 1, 1954 Marilyn Monroe autographed handwritten letter as sent to Joe DiMaggio. (PSA/DNA)

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Important March 1, 1954 Marilyn Monroe autographed handwritten letter as sent to Joe DiMaggio. (PSA/DNA)

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The offered two page letter was penned by Marilyn Monroe at 11:38pm on Sunday night, February 28, 1954. The newly married couple had recently returned from a honeymoon and tour of the Orient to entertain U.S. Troops. Although deeply in love, it was clear that the marriage would be a challenge given Joe DiMaggio's enormous fame and the rising public persona of Marilyn Monroe. The offered letter gives a unique glimpse into the feelings Marilyn had for Joe and clearly affirms her love for him. The content reads as follows, "My Dad [one of her nicknames for Joe], I don't know how to tell you just how much I miss you. I love you till my heart could burst. All I love, all I want, all I need is you-forever. I want to just be where you are and be just what you want me to be. I know its lousy of me to be so late so often and I promise to try a million time harder. I promise. I want someday for you to be proud of me as a person and as your wife and as the mother of the rest of your children. (two at least! I've decided) I miss it so much when you don't love me and hold me and cuddle me to sleep every night. I want to be near you and I feel so sad tonight. Darling please don't leave me anymore. Love Marilyn". At the top of the first page, Marilyn wrote "Di" before her green "M" monogram and "Sunday night 11:38 PM" at the top right corner. Includes the original envelope hand addressed by Marilyn to Joe DiMaggio as sent to his New York address. The content of the offered letter is simply unprecedented and definitively confirms that the relationship between the two was in fact filled with sincere caring and love, even in the face of the substantial difficulties their celebrity caused to the marriage. The letter had been retained by Joe DiMaggio, in its original envelope, within his personal belongings until its discovery in 2006. One of the more important written documents with relation to an iconic 20th century couple. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA with special "DiMaggio Collection" titling and includes full LOA from JSA: Letter: NM-MT, Envelope: EX-MT
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