Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Did Marilyn Monroe get a nip/tuck?
A set of six X-rays and a file of doctors' notes are going up for auction through Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills on Nov. 9. The notes, written by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin, appear to confirm speculation that Monroe had cosmetic surgery, reports Reuters.
The X-rays are expected to fetch between $15,000 and $30,000.
"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, tells Reuters. "They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn't want to believe."
The X-rays are dated June 7, 1962, after Monroe saw Gurdin following a late-night fall and two months before the actress died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates.
They include images of Monroe's frontal facial bones, a composite right and left X-ray of the sides of her nasal bones and dental X-rays of the roof of her mouth.
A self-published memoir by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Norman Leaf in 2010 claimed that Monroe underwent cosmetic surgery on her chin in 1950, citing the same notes made by Gurdin, who was Leaf's medical partner. Leaf also states in his memoir that Monroe underwent a slight rhinoplasty procedure on the tip of her nose.
A radiologist's notes included in the lot determined that there was no damage to Monroe's nose from the fall, but a recent evaluation of the X-rays found a minute fracture.