Love on the Blocks

A controversial collection of JFK memorabilia is headed to the auction block thanks to Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Autographs.

According to Paul Bedard's Washington Whispers column in this week's edition of U.S. News and World Report, Panagopulos plans to auction a gold Rolex watch allegedly given to John F. Kennedy by Marilyn Monroe. The pricey timepiece bears the inscription: "Jack, With love as always from Marilyn May 29th, 1962." Inside the box is a poem allegedly written by Monroe whose ending line reads: "and let me love / or let me die!"

The online auction also includes a few letters allegedly penned by Kennedy, which include talk about dating, some disparaging remarks about unattractive women and a four-letter word. The bidding begins on Oct. 15 at


Prince Albert II of Monaco said he believes he was "set up" by a former flight attendant who had his child.

Having acknowledged paternity in July, Albert, 47, told the New York Times Friday that he had seen the child, Alexandre, only once since the story became public "because of his mother's attitude toward me."

When asked if he believed he was tricked into having a child, Albert replied: "Yes, I think I was set up." The boy, now 2, stands to inherit part of the prince's $2 billion fortune.

While the prince expressed concern for the child's well-being, he also stated that there's no chance Alexandre would become prince.

"He is not a possible successor," Albert said, citing Monaco's constitution, which requires that the parents of heirs to the throne be married.

Food for Thoughtfulness

Those hoping to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina should steer their appetites to Acadiana during their lunch hour tomorrow. The new Louisana-style seafood restaurant, set to open later this month at 901 New York Ave. NW, will be hosting "Po' Boy Power: Dress New Orleans Again."

Chef Jeff Tunks will be serving up shrimp remoulade and roast beef poor-boy sandwiches, $25 apiece, for takeout only, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Proceeds go toward helping victims of the disaster.

A gaggle of celebrated local chefs are also pitching in, including Marcel's Robert Wiedmaier, Citronelle's Michel Richard, Galileo's Roberto Donna and Equinox's Todd Gray.

Noted . . .

Director Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" took top honors at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. The film, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys involved in a forbidden love affair in 1960s Wyoming, trumped 19 other films, including the predicted favorite, "Good Night, and Good Luck," a George Clooney-directed McCarthy-era drama . . . American actors Ben Gazzara and Willem Dafoe are scheduled to receive lifetime achievement awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival this month. The Spanish festival begins Thursday.

. . . and Quoted.

"If she doesn't get an Academy Award nomination, I will kill myself."

-- Actor Steve Martin on "Shopgirl" co-star Claire Danes. The forthcoming film, written and produced by Martin, screened at the Toronto Film Festival Friday.

-- Compiled by Chris Richards from staff and wire reports

Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Prince Albert II of Monaco says he was "set up" by a former flight attendant who had his son, now 2 years old.Ben Gazzara, above, and Willem Dafoe will receive lifetime achievement awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival.