Marilyn Monroe exhibit items stolen on way to Prague

A 1955 calendar depicting the iconically voluptuous Marilyn Monroe. The actress would wear a US size 8-10 if she were alive today -- a far cry from today's size 0 or less models.


Gabriel Bouys

Several photos and items belonging to Marilyn Monroe were stolen on Monday while on their way to Prague for an exhibit.

Among the items lost when the truck carrying them through the Czech Republic was attacked were display cases of clothes, shoes and diaries that belonged to the actress.

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The exhibit, which was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death, was created last year by Florence's Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The museum's namesake was the actress's favorite shoemaker and she owned a dozen pairs of his handmade shoes.

After Prague, the exhibit was to head to Tokyo.

David Sebek, spokesman for Prague Castle, which was supposed to host the show, said most of the exhibit items, including Monroe's dresses, had already arrived intact at the location.

Prague police spokesman Tomas Hulan said the thefts are being investigated but refused to give any other details.

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