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Key to room where Marilyn Monroe stayed in 1956 sold

Published 28/11/2016

The key to the room at the Homestead Inn in New Milford, where Marilyn Monroe stayed in 1956 while dating playwright Arthur Miller (Loretta Kretchko via AP)
The key to the room at the Homestead Inn in New Milford, where Marilyn Monroe stayed in 1956 while dating playwright Arthur Miller (Loretta Kretchko via AP)

The key to a room at the Connecticut inn where Marilyn Monroe stayed in 1956 while dating playwright Arthur Miller has been sold for 131 US dollars (£105).

The key from the Homestead Inn in New Milford was sold on eBay to a woman who lives in the town, antiques dealer Loretta Kretchko said on Monday.

Mrs Kretchko, who runs Bob Kretchko Antiques with her husband, Bob, said they bought the inn's keys two years ago when the property changed hands.

There were multiple keys for other rooms but only one for Monroe's favourite - number 22, Mrs Kretchko said.

The Kretchkos put the key up for sale after seeing the interest generated by the recent auction of a dress Monroe wore as she famously sang Happy Birthday to US president John Kennedy. The dress sold this month for 4.8 million dollars (£3.8 million).

"I did think the key would have gone for a little more money to a Marilyn Monroe collector," Mrs Kretchko said. "It went to a local person for nostalgia."

During the time Monroe stayed at the inn, Miller lived in nearby Roxbury. The couple later married.

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