Denial is Futile
A Rolex watch reportedly given to John F. Kennedy by Marilyn Monroe as a birthday gift has garnered $120,000 at auction. The gold watch is inscribed: "Jack, With love as always from Marilyn May 29th 1962." The watchcase contains a poem, written on a small piece of paper, titled, "A Heartfelt Plea on Your Birthday."
The poem reads:
"Let lovers breathe their sighs
And roses bloom and music sound
Let passion burn on lips and eyes
And pleasures merry world go round
Let golden sunshine flood the sky
And let me love
Or let me die!''
Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" for Kennedy on May 19, 1962, at New York's Madison Square Garden. In a little less than 18 months Monroe would be dead from suspicious circumstances that arouse conjecture and controversy 40 years later.
It is believed that Monroe attempted to give the watch to Kennedy through an aide, but Kennedy refused it when it arrived at his hands, saying "Get rid of it".
Bill Panagopulos of the Alexander Autographs auction house, stated only that the buyer was an East Coast collector. "It's the hardest thing I ever had to estimate," Panagopulos said. "Historic relics, especially when there is a hint of scandal attached, defy any attempt by an auctioneer to estimate their selling price." Original estimates on the watches value ranged from $40,000 to $60,000.