Minaudière. noun

A minaudière is a small, sometimes jeweled case used for women's cosmetics or other personal objects. It is often used as a dainty substitute for an evening bag. The word is French in origin and the invention of the minaudière is attributed to Charles Arpels, of Van Cleef & Arpels, in 1934. After that, however, many jewelers and haute couture designers created their own models. A minaudière contains several small compartments, carefully designed to organize the owner's personal items for maximum utility.


The minaudière you see here once belonged to none other than the late screen legend Marilyn Monroe. It is one of many personal effects Monroe left to her acting coach and mentor Lee Strasberg, whose estate is selling the collection at auction on November 19 and 20, through Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles (after the objects are exhibited in a world tour). The minaudière will come with Monroe's mirror, comb, two Mercury dimes, eight Philip Morris cigarettes and a tube of red Revlon lipstick.