Getty Images; Fox
Getty Images; Fox
Whether it was comparing old photos or the sheer disbelief of Marilyn Monroe's beauty, the Hollywood icon was subject to speculation over the years as to whether or not she had some work done. And now, we have an answer.
The star's medical records and X-rays have been shared with the public and confirm that she went under the knife at some point during her transition from Norma Jean Baker to the blond bombshell we all know.
Not only that—these files can be added to your Marilyn memorabilia.
The collection, which includes X-rays and partial doctor's notes that were documented by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin between 1950 and 1962, is now up for sale with Julien's Auction House in California.
These documents are dated June 7, 1962, just one week after her 36th birthday and two months before her death, and reveal that Monroe (under the alias "Joan Newman") had a cartilage implant done for a "chin deformity" in 1950, while a facial X-ray shows she also had a small fracture on her nose, which backs up claims that Marilyn had a slight rhinoplasty early in her career.
Gurdin's records also list Monroe as Marilyn Miller, acknowledging her five-year marriage to Death of a Salesman playwright Arthur Miller, and describe the legend, who was famous for her curves, as being 5'6" and 115 pounds.
"Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation—did she or didn't she?" Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, told Reuters. "They thought she was such a natural beauty…They didn't want to believe."
Within hours of announcing the items up for bid, which are estimated to sell between $20,000 and $30,000, Nolan reportedly said that he was contacted by interested buyers in Ireland, England and Australia.