Marilyn Monroe photographed by George Barris, 1962
Marilyn + The White Baby Grand Piano.
The piano originally belonged to Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys. After the star’s mother was institutionalized, the piano was sold and it took years of searching before Marilyn finally tracked it down and bought it back. It was the one thing she kept with her until her death in 1962.
It was in her New York apartment when she died.
In 1999 at the auction of Marilyn’s effects the piano was bought by Mariah Carey for $662,500. (The estimate had been $10,000-$15,000.)
Marilyn Monroe on the set of Some Like it Hot (1959)