DiMaggio-Monroe Wedding Ring to be Auctioned

The wedding ring Joe DiMaggio gave to Marilyn Monroe on their wedding day in 1954 is going on the auction block.  Profiles in History, a Los Angeles-based celebrity auction house, will offer the ring at the “Icons of Hollywood” auction to be held December 15, 16 & 17.

Monroe DiMaggio ringThe platinum eternity bandis  set with 35 baguette-cut diamonds (one diamond missing) and is expected to fetch $300,000-$500,000.

DiMaggio and Monroe met for the first time at an Italian restaurant on Sunset Blvd.  They were married in an intimate civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, out of the spotlight, a rarity for both of them. Unfortunately, the relationship was strained from the beginning.

DiMaggio was invited to the set of The Seven Year Itchwhere he witnessed the now infamous shooting of Monroe standing atop a subway grate, dress billowing upward. DiMaggio stormed off and they were divorced two weeks later. Profiles in History auctioned off the famed dress as part of the Debbie Reynolds Collection this past summer for $5.52 million dollars, shattering Guinness World Records.