Marilyn Monroe's used lipstick, dresses up for auction

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

More than a thousand items belonging to enigmatic Hollywood film star and model Marilyn Monroe are set to go under the hammer in November.

Over 1200 items were exhibited in Beijing over the past couple of days, to the delight of a number of Chinese collectors.

Monroe, who has incredibly remained a global cultural icon despite her death in the early 1960s, led a troubled life - and some of the items for sale include letters she sent to her therapist.

Others include the sheer black sequined dress she wore in the film Some Like It Hot, a platinum and diamond watch she was given, and a doll made in her likeness that she received as a birthday gift.

There is also a partially-used tube of Revlon lipstick among the auction items, as well as the high heels she wore in her high-profile wedding with The Crucible playwright Arthur Miller.

Many of the items up for sale have originated from the private collection of Lee Strasberg, an acting coach who later emerged as somewhat of an influential father figure to Monroe.

The auction is scheduled to take place from November 18 to 20, in Los Angeles.