At Auction, It’s Marilyn Monroe vs. Kate Winslet

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Which would you pay more for: a pair of bejeweled earrings or a chest X-ray? Depends on the chest.

This Sunday, someone forked over $45,000 at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The purchase? A set of X-rays of Marilyn Monroe’s chest, from a hospital visit in 1954. The company auctioning the X-rays only expected to get $3,000 for them.

Everything Monroe touched seems to be in high demand. Even a chair she once used went for $35,000 in the same auction. But a pair of earrings Kate Winslet wore in Titanic–something that, on its own, is worth money–only went for $25,000.