'Forever Marilyn' dismantled in Palm Springs

On Monday morning, crews started dismantling the 'Forever Marilyn' statue in Downtown Palm Springs.

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The structure is relocating to its new home in Hamilton New Jersey.

A send-off party was held for the Marilyn Monroe statue last Thursday fromĀ  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the weekly VillageFest at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

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The sculpture was slated to stay in Palm Springs from May 2012 through June 2013, but its owner, Santa Monica-based Sculpture Foundation, granted a few extensions.

According to P.S. Resorts, the Sculpture Foundation has received ``countless'' requests and invitations for ``Forever Marilyn,'' including from out of the country. The next stop after New Jersey has not been decided.

Several members in the community have expressed their desire to bring the sculpture back to Palm Springs after the relocation, but it's not clear if that will happen.

Viewer photos of 'Forever Marilyn'

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