Marilyn Monroe's hand-annotated scripts from Something's Got to Give are to be auctioned.
Two scripts from the unfinished 1962 film, which also starred Dean Martin, are being putting up for sale at Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles on 15 December (16).
According to representatives from the auction house, each script provides "distinct insight" into the actress' creative thinking process. The two scripts feature Monroe's handwritten notes in pencil and green ink, with her notes differing on each respective script.
In the first script, the blonde star's notes appear on 42 pages and include simple dialogue corrections, in-depth memory notes and more. Back cover notes include Monroe's comments, "Joke writers Mel Brooks / Herb Gardner / Need spice / raisins / Need some funny lines.''
The second script being auctioned features Monroe's comments on 18 pages. Highlights include her notes for Scene 168, in which she interacts with her children in the film. She refers to specific memories to help her convey her character's feelings toward her on-screen children, and in one instance writes, "Substitute children - B & J if necessary," a reference to her ex-husband Arthur Miller's children Bobby and Jane.
Screwball comedy director George Cukor was directing Something's Got to Give, but the film was never completed. Monroe was consistently disruptive and ill during the film's production and was fired in June, 1962. The film ended up being her last role, as she died in August, 1962 at the age of 36 following a barbiturate overdose.
Bidding for the scripts, which are described as being in "very good" condition, starts at $20,000 (£15,000) each.
Last month (Nov16), the dress Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy at a fundraiser held at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, was also sold at auction for a record price. Purchased by museum Ripley's Believe it or Not, the provocative figure-hugging gown fetched $4.8 million (£3.87 million), well exceeding the $3 million (£2.4 million) guide price.