marilyn monroe

A Jewish prayer book owned by American actress Marilyn Monroe sold on Monday at J. Greenstein & Company auction house in Long Island, NY, for $21,000.

The prayer book, a cream-colored edition of The Form of Daily Prayers: According to the Custom of the German and Polish Jews, was published in 1922.

Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism in 1956 at the same time as her marriage to American playwright Arthur Miller. Rabbi Robert Goldberg of Connecticut presided over her conversion. Miller’s synagogue was Cong. Torah Vodat-The Avenue N Jewish Center which was reportedly Conservative at the time. Monroe and Miller divorced in 1961 but remained committed to her new religion.