Need a Special Gift? Roger Federer’s Shoes and Marilyn Monroe’s Bra Are For Sale

Need a Special Gift? Roger Federer’s Shoes and Marilyn Monroe’s Bra Are For Sale Photo (cc) by danny blkspr

Finding a unique gift for a loved one can be a challenge. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind present, and you have a lot of money to burn, you might want to consider these: the tennis shoes of Roger Federer or Marilyn Monroe’s brassiere.

According to CNN Money, high bidders could own a small piece of the life and career of iconic bombshell Marilyn Monroe when Julien’s Auctions puts 200 of Monroe’s personal mementos up for auction Dec. 5-6.

The bra has a starting bid of $6,000 to $8,000. The most expensive item to be auctioned is Monroe’s overcoat, with a $120,000 starting bid, CNN Money said.

Also included in the auction are love letters from playwright Arthur Miller and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, ex-husbands of Monroe.

One letter from DiMaggio has a starting bid of $4,000. CNN Money says:

It’s addressed to “Mrs. Joe DiMaggio,” even though it’s postmarked Oct. 9, 1954, three days after her press conference announcing they were getting divorced.

“Don’t know what you’re [sic] thoughts are about me, but I can tell you I love you seriously, way deep in my heart, irregardless of anything,” reads the letter.

You could also own a more recent piece of history by bidding on a pair of tennis shoes on eBay.

Currently up for grabs are a signed pair of tennis star Roger Federer’s size 12 Nike trainers. According to the eBay listing, the shoes were custom-made for Federer, and he wore them in the 2013 Halle Open.

Bidding on Federer’s shoes ends Nov. 23. Bids have topped $1,500. The proceeds will go to the Small Steps Project, a United Kingdom-based charity focused on helping children around the world who live and scavenge in garbage dumps.

So, not only could you own a cool set of Nike trainers, you’d also be helping impoverished children.

If you or someone you know is a big European history buff, you’ll be sad to know you just missed out on an auction for Napoleon Bonaparte’s trademark two-pointed hat. According to PBS, the black felt hat was sold to a South Korean collector at an auction near Paris on Sunday for about $2.4 million.

The hat was one of several Napoleon artifacts sold at auction by Monaco’s royal family to raise money to renovate their palace, The New York Times said.

Have you given a unique, or hugely expensive, holiday gift? Tell us about it in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Here’s a recent video that will help you keep your holiday budget this year.

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