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Marilyn Monroe's suicidal letter, John Lennon's angry message up for auction

ANI  New York, March 30, 2013
First Published: 14:29 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 14:31 IST(30/3/2013)

Marilyn Monroe's suicidal letter to mentor Lee Strasberg, Dwight D. Eisenhower's heartfelt missives to his wife during World War II and John Lennon's angry message for Paul McCartney are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.

Douglas Elliman's Madison Avenue art gallery will display 250 documents that will be sold online, the New York Daily News reported.

Monroe's handwritten, undated letter of despair to the famed acting teacher is expected to go for 30,000 dollars to 50,000 dollars in the May 30 sale.

John Lennon's typed, undated draft that contained a hate message to Linda and Paul McCartney after the Beatles broke up is expected to fetch 40,000 dollars to 60,000 dollars.

Meanwhile, Dwight D. Eisenhower's love notes for wife Mamie are believed to be among the largest group of Eisenhower letters to survive intact and could bring up to 120,000 dollars, Joseph Maddalena, whose Profiles in History is auctioning the items, said.

Other highlights include two large leather-bound photo albums containing hundreds of images that Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini exchanged prior to War World II, have a pre-sale estimate of up to 50,000 dollars.

The sale is the second of several planned online auctions of the anonymous collector?s artifacts. The entire collection contains 3,000 items.

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