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A rare photo of Marilyn Monroe hitting the auction block
Rare photos (like above) of a young Marilyn Monroe, taken
by Andre de Dienes, have an estimated value of $4,000-
$6,000. (Julien’s Auctions / Fox News)

(Fox News) – A rare handwritten note from Charles Stanley Gifford,
who was recently proven to be
Marilyn Monroe’s father, is going
up for auction.

More than 175 items associated with the Hollywood icon will be headlining the upcoming "Julien’s Auctions and TCM Present:
Icons & Idols Hollywood," which will be held both in person and
online next month.

"This card is the only known material artifact that establishes
any connection or communication between Gifford and his
famous daughter," read a release. According to the auction
house, it is believed the card was hand-delivered by Gifford to
Monroe while she was hospitalized.

Scott Fortner, who owns the world’s largest private collection of Monroe’s possessions, said he discovered the card "purely by
chance." The historian and co-host of the "All Things Marilyn"
podcast is considered to be an authority on Monroe and assists
major auction companies in authenticating and verifying

A greeting card Stanley Gifford delivered to his famous daughter Marilyn Monroe

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A Star Wars script book autographed by over two hundred original cast and crew will be part of the auction.
A Star Wars script book autographed by over two hundred original cast and crew will be part of an auction. (SWNS)

(FOXNEWS) – This collection was started a long time ago, but not
a galaxy far,far away. 

A Star Wars fan is selling their collection of memorabilia, which
includes over 1,500 autographs from cast and crew members and
hundreds of unopened toys. The collection could potentially sell
for over $90K when it is put up for auction next month.

A rare Empire Strikes Back ‘Boba Fett’ action figure is just one of hundreds of toys in the collection.
A rare Empire Strikes Back ‘Boba Fett’ action figure is just
one of hundreds of toys in the collection. (SWNS)

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(FoxNews) – A rare "Star Wars" toy from 1980 sold at auction this
week for more than $12,000.

The toy, a figure of Princess Leia Organa, was in its original
packaging, which featured a rare picture card – also known as
a transitional card,.  

Expert Nick Dykes, of Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees,
U.K.told the news agency that the Princess Leia figure in its
rare packaging, could be one of just a few in existence.

The  figure was part of a collection made by British toy company
Palitoy and released in 1980 to coincide with the release of "
Empire Strikes Back
" film in the "Star Wars" franchise. 

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On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy
Fair in New York City.

Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-
produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. The woman
behind Barbie was Ruth Handler (below), who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with
her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls
to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there
was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to
imagine the future.

Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German
comic strip character.

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Mattell founders Ruth and Elliot Handler with a Barbie doll.

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Ruth Marianna Handler(Mosko)
(November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002)

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DALLAS (AP) — Cartoonist Jim Davis (above) is offering up more than 11,000 “Garfield” comic strips hand-drawn on paper in an auction that will stretch
into the coming years, with at least a couple of strips featuring the always-
hungry orange cat with a sardonic sense of humor available weekly.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions began offering up the strips in August. The
auction house is selling two daily strips each week, along with longer
Sunday strips being offered during the large-scale auctions throughout
the year.

The strips span from the launch of “Garfield” in 1978 to 2011, when Davis
began drawing the strip digitally. He says he still draws it by hand but now
it’s with a stylus on a tablet instead of on paper with a pencil, pen and brush.

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June, 1978

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