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Monroe siddur up for auction

MARILYN Monroe wasn’t joking when she sang You’d Be Surprised in 1956.

It seems that diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend... it appears a siddur is!

Next month, one lucky fan will be able to acquire Monroe’s Jewish prayerbook.

The cream-coloured book, which was published in 1922, is being sold at an auction by J Greenstein & Co on November 12 in Long Island — starting at £3,500.

Monroe converted to Judaism in 1956 prior to her marriage to writer Arthur Miller. Though the couple divorced five years later, the blonde bombshell said she would not abandon her new faith.

Rabbi Robert Goldburg, of Congregation Mishkan Israel in New Haven, Connecticut, who oversaw her conversion and officiated at her wedding to Miller, said that she told him that she was still committed to being Jewish.

The siddur contains notes that are “apparently in her hand” and the spine is nearly detached.

Amazingly, it never sold when it was auctioned last year.

But we are sure someone will fancy it...

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