Since the 1960s, show business legend Debbie Reynolds has been stockpiling and promoting the preservation of Hollywood costumes, props and other memorabilia. Now she is selling her whole collection… CLICK HERE two download a PDF of the catalouge.
The auction is to be held in several stages by Profiles in History, a leading dealer of autographs, manuscripts and vintage signed photographs. Costumes featured in the first sale include: Gene Kelly’s 3-pc wool herringbone suit by Walter Plunkett for Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Audrey Hepburn’s embroidered lace ‘Ascot dress’ from My Fair Lady (1964) designed by Cecil Beaton, Adrian’s gingham test dress for Judy Garland used for the first two weeks of filming The Wizard of Oz (1939), Vivian Leigh’s green velvet drapery dress hat (with bird adornment) for Gone With the Wind (1939), Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Tramp’ bowler hat (well, one of them) and countless other gems – or about 700 in total. Frocktalk have excellent photos of the lots at the Paley Center, Beverley Hills preview.
However the real reason to re-mortgage your house is for Marilyn Monroe’s white pleated ‘Subway dress’ from The Seven Year Itch (1955), estimated to be worth $1-2 million dollars. Her likewise William Travilla designed red sequin gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) is there too, just in case you come up a million or so short.
To download a PDF of the lots CLICK HERE. Auction one commences June 18th with a second in December.
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