Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s 13th Floor New York Apartment Sold for $1.7 Million
One lucky person will have the chance to live like a Hollywood star after buying Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s Manhattan apartment for $1.7 million. Here’s what you need to know about their rocky marriage and beautiful home.
Why Marilyn Monroe Moved to New York
Monroe moved from LA to New York in 1954, after finishing filming The Seven Year Itch. The actor was fed up with being presented with the same types of roles and being underpaid by studios. She and her friend Milton Greene therefore launched Marilyn Monroe Productions.
The actor also spent 1955 in Manhattan, studying acting with famed Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Monroe wanted to improve her acting skills and take on more demanding roles and took her studies with Strasberg seriously.
While in Manhattan, Monroe continued her relationship with baseball star Joe DiMaggio, even as the couple completed steps to finalize their divorce. She also had an affair with fellow Actors Studio member Marlon Brando. Then she started dating playwright Arthur Miller.
Monroe and Miller met in the early 1950s in Hollywood but didn’t begin their affair until he moved to New York. In October 1955, her divorce was finalized. Miller separated from his wife, Mary Slattery, to whom he was married for 16 years. He and Monroe married in June of the following year.
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s Manhattan Apartment Just Sold for $1.7 Million
The couple lived in Manhattan at 444 East 57th Street. It was there that Miller wrote the script for The misfits, which would be Monroe’s last film. The apartment, now a condo, recently sold for $1.7 million. According The Corcoran Groupit has two bedrooms and three bathrooms, a spacious living room, a dining area and a laundry room.
It has many special features including a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, and in-unit washer and dryer. The building is pre-war and has a 24-hour doorman, as well as a garden for residents.
The sale is not yet finalized, but the buyer’s offer of $1.7 million has been accepted by the seller of the apartment.
The Couple’s Revolutionary War-era Connecticut Farm
Miller and Monroe haven’t spent all their time in town. The couple also lived on a farm in Roxbury, Connecticut, which dates back to the Revolutionary War, as Architectural Summary reports. Miller bought the house, along with its surrounding 350 acres, in 1949 after writing one of his greatest hits, Death of a seller.
He and Monroe considered demolishing the house and replacing it with a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – a design that Monroe had commissioned. However, Miller did not like Wright’s plans for the house, and the farm remained as it was built in 1769.
Miller lived there until his death in 2005. Upon his death, the playwright donated 55 acres to the Roxbury Land Trust. In 2015, his daughter Rebecca donated an additional 100 acres of land.
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