Key to room where Marilyn Monroe once stayed sold on eBay

Monroe Miller

The key to a room at an inn where Marilyn Monroe stayed in 1956 while dating playwright Arthur Miller has sold for $131 (£105).

The key from the Homestead Inn in New Milford, Connecticut, sold on eBay to a woman who lives in the town, antiques dealer Loretta Kretchko said.

Loretta, who runs Bob Kretchko Antiques with her husband Bob, said they bought the inn's keys two years ago when the property changed hands. There were multiple keys for other rooms but only one for Marilyn's favourite -- No 22, she said.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe (AP)

The Kretchkos put the key up for sale after seeing the interest generated by the recent auction of a dress Marilyn wore as she famously sang Happy Birthday to President John Kennedy. The dress sold this month for $4.8 million (£3.8 million).

"I did think the key would have gone for a little more money to a Marilyn Monroe collector," Loretta said. "It went to a local person for nostalgia."

Marilyn Monroe's 'happy birthday Mr President' dress
Marilyn Monroe's 'happy birthday Mr President' dress (Julien's Auctions)

During the time Marilyn stayed at the inn, Arthur lived in nearby Roxbury. The couple later married.