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Marilyn Monroe dress auction of $ 4.6 million

06-20-2011 09:04 BJT

It is probably the most famous film moment of its time - Marilyn Monroe clutching her dress as a perfectly timed gust of wind makes it billow up and around her exposed legs.

And one lucky punter has broken the bank for the unique piece of 1950s film history - paying a full $4.6million for the dress that made millions of young men's hearts skip a beat.

At the California auction of fellow Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds's costume collection, Monroe's ivory pleated Travilla dress, from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, undoubtedly stole the show.

Oh no, the wind! Marilyn's dress sold for almost $5million

The dress, which sold yesterday at the Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, California, is one of a selection of iconic film costumes and memorabilia collected by Reynolds over the years as Hollywood studios sold or emptied their warehouses.

Among other pieces up for auction, Monroe's red-sequin dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was also a clear favourite - selling for $1.2million.

Favourite: Monroe's red-sequin dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sold for $1.2million

Her skimpy number from the heatwave scene in There's No Business Like Showbusiness, went for half a million dollars while the famous saloon girl costume from River of No Return - a gold charmeuse dress with red fringe accents, a gold velvet train with red netting and bugle beading, sold for just more than $500,000.

The Helen Rose dress was originally created for the 1953 film Coney Island and worn by Betty Grable.

Skimpy: The number from the heatwave scene in There's No Business Like Showbusiness went
for half a million dollars

While Monroe's pieces inevitably grabbed most of the attention, the auction featured many other now legendary items from Hollywood history.

Judy Garland's blue cotton dress that she wore for the first two weeks of filming as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz sold for $910,000 - more than ten times its estimate.

Elizabeth Taylor's riding outfit from National Velvet took $60,000, while Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat from Little Tramp went for $110,000.

Gary Cooper's Sergeant York uniform sold for $55,000 and his rifle went for an extra $19,000, while Ingrid Bergman's suit of armour worn for the role of Joan of Arc sold for $50,000.

Saloon girl: Monroe's costume from River of No Return sold for more than $500,000

As they are now: The dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe are still in prime condition

Stunning: The Debbie Reynolds personal collection includes famous dresses worn on screen by
Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor

Collector: Screen star Debbie Reynolds has put her
collection up for auction

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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