Marilyn Monroe 'Madcaps' hat at $20,000

A 'Madcaps' hat owned and worn by Marilyn Monroe is coming to auction.

Made by New York milliner Madcaps in the 1950s, the felt floppy hat has a starting bid of $20,000. 

Monroe hat
'Photographer of the stars' Roy Schatt snapped Monroe wearing the felt floppy

The Nate D Sanders online auction ends on Thursday, August 27.

The hat is in good condition, although one small tear in the lining will slightly affect the price.

It first sold in 1999 at Christie's, where it made $17,250 as part of a selection of nine Monroe-owned hats.

Monroe-worn items are perennially strong performers at auction. Her "favourite coat" auctioned for $173,000 in December, while her dress from The Seven Year Itch made $5.6m in 2011. That is a record for a piece of film memorabilia.

"Although items owned and worn by Monroe are rare, the value for her items is high primarily because collectors covet anything she has worn," explained the auction house's Sam Heller to the Mail newspaper.

"The hat is accompanied by a striking photo by Roy Schatt of Marilyn wearing it." 

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The auction also features a single lot of 57 screen-used dresses worn by child star Shirley Temple. It has a $500,000 starting bid.

There are also two suits from Men in Black 3, worn by leads Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Selling as a single lot, they have a $20,000 starting bid.

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