Monroe Photo Among DiMaggio Memorabilia at Auction

More than 1,000 items of Joe DiMaggio memorabilia, including his 1947 Most Valuable Player Award plaque and a signed photo of Marilyn Monroe, will be auctioned in May, Hunt Auctions Inc. announced Monday.

The sale also includes DiMaggio's record-breaking 45th consecutive hit baseball from his 56-game streak in 1941 and a set of World Series rings from 1936 to 1996 presented to DiMaggio by the Yankees.

DiMaggio, whom Ted Williams called "the greatest all-around player I ever saw," played for the Yankees from 1936 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1951. He played in 13 All-Star games and won three MVP awards. He died in 1999.

The auction will take place May 19-20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.