Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Glenn Ford's Couch with Marilyn Monroe's Favorite Painting. This plush, eight-foot couch with tartan design and matching footrests was custom-made for Glenn Ford for the personal bar in his house. It provided a place to sit for the numerous celebrity guests who attended Ford's private parties, some of whom would sleep on it after the evening's festivities. The couch is accompanied by a haunting painting of a little girl that Ford had given Marilyn Monroe, one she considered to be her favorite. On the reverse of the painting Ford has provided a detailed handwritten account of his time with Marilyn, including a romantic encounter on the aforementioned couch. He writes in part: "This was Marilyn Monroe's favorite painting - after she had been through the house... Her psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson had made her cry - she said 'Glenn take me home.' We got in my car and I did not know where she lived. She said 'No Glenn, your home' - where she stayed all night in the bar on the plaid sofa. She said "Just hold me' and a I did - and more. I still have this because she forgot it." Ford also adds: "I think Marilyn wanted to die. When we made love she whispered 'I wish I could die right now, while I'm happy.' " Fascinating items with a unique history, the couch is in Very Fine to Excellent condition with many small holes across the back; the painting framed to an overall 17.5" x 19.5" and in Excellent condition. From the Glenn Ford Estate. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Peter Ford.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 12,934

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 27 Domain Names Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The movie quite literally changed my life. I have included a pic of me in Sly's Rocky 3 Cashmere overcoat, would much appreciate if it is possible for you to forward this email to Sly to let him know the overcoat is in good hands, and will be well taken care of, (as will be the Rambo knife forging tools, the other lot I won!) Wish you very happy holidays and a great 2016!
    Atul J. ,
    Irvine, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 12 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 12 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $511,145