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Few personalities achieved "royalty" status in the Twentieth Century. Marilyn Monroe was one such individual, however. Lindbergh, the Kennedys, and perhaps one figure from sports also made the grade. And Joe DiMaggio was revered like no other athlete in history. He was the crown prince, the son of an immigrant who not only made it big, but did so with an unmatched style and grace. Babe Ruth was a larger-than-life myth, like Paul Bunyon or John Henry; Mickey Mantle was a country boy who won the nation's heart by reflecting more of Ozark Ike than Prince Valiant; Muhammad Ali, while dominating, was too political for some, and Michael Jordan was a comic book-like superhero with powers beyond those of mere mortals. But DiMaggio had a quiet majesty that embraced the nation's spirit and reciprocally required reverence. And Marilyn Monroe was the glamour queen of the ages. Shortly after leaving baseball, DiMaggio courted and married Marilyn—the most desirable woman in the world. Though short-lived, the storybook union was to endure in the minds of fans of both long after the divorce, her death and the daily roses DiMaggio arranged to have placed on her grave. The two idols apparently were genuinely in love, but could not find a way to coexist. Her passing in 1962 finally ended persistent, hopeful rumors that the two American icons were about to reconcile.
Here is an unused "Official Baseball" unofficial ball that has been signed by Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Both have signed in blue ballpoint. DiMaggio has signed, with the inscription also in his hand, on a side panel: "To Tommy - Best Wishes - from - Joe DiMaggio." His scripting projects "6-7" strength and clarity. Marilyn Monroe has signed on a separate side panel and her signature reflects "5-6" quality. The ball is moderately toned. LOA from consigner. LOA from JSA.
The LOA from this item's consigner reads in full: "My name is Tom Mellor and I grew up in a small town in western New York in the 50's and 60's, a time when Baseball was the #1 sport in New York. I became an avid Yankee fan at an early age. My grandmother lived and worked on Broadway for 50 years as a ticket agent for the Martin Beck Theater (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre). During this time she had the opportunity to meet many of the stars of the era who would attend shows at the theater. As a favor she secured tickets for Joe DiMaggo and in exchange he presented her with two baseballs signed by himself and Marilyn Monroe who he was dating at the time. One ball was personalized to me ("Tommy") and the other to my sister Linda. Unfortunately my sister took hers to school and it was stolen in the late 1950's but I kept mine and it has been in my possession for the last 60 years. - The Official Spalding Baseball was inscribed to me and signed on the side panel in blue ink by Mr. DiMaggio and reads "To Tommy Best Wishes From Joe DiMaggio." Marilyn Monroe signed the opposite side panel. - The only times this ball has left my possession is when I had it authenticated by James Spence in June of 2013 and eventually turned this ball over to Legendary Auctions in September of 2013 to auction on my behalf. - This letter is a true and accurate representation of the events leading to the acquisition and ultimate sale of this treasured signed baseball. - Sincerely - John Thomas Mellor."
1950s Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe Dual Signed Baseball - With Direct Provenance
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