Archive for October, 2011

Monroe’s ‘River of No Return’ dress fetches $504,000

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

The dress Marilyn Monroe wore in “River of No Return” has sold to a private buyer for $504,000.

Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said Saturday that the dress was sold at an auction in China. Monroe wore the green velour dress while she sang “I’m Gonna File My Claim” in the 1954 Western in which she portrayed Kay Washington, a gambler’s wife.

Among other items that have been sold at the auction were the bustier that Madonna wore during her “Who’s That Girl” tour in 1987. It has sold for $72,000.

The famous white dress Monroe wore in “The Seven Year Itch” was sold for $4.6 million at an auction this summer.

Article Source: yahoo.com

More iconic Marilyn Monroe costumes up for auction

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Debbie Reynolds Collection auction in June far exceeded its initial estimates, and earned a place in the Guinness World Records after selling Monroe’s iconic white “Subway Dress” for $5.52 million, making it the world’s most expensive dress.

Fans and collectors of Monroe will have another chance of owning costumes worn by the late actress, priced between $150,000 and $300,000 at the Debbie Reynolds Collection Part II auction.

Monroe’s provocatively sexy costumes were known for pushing the barrier set by strict film censorship codes. The December auction will feature Monroe’s saucy showgirl leotard from the Oscar-nominated 1956 film “Bus Stop,” designed by William Travilla, auctioneers Profile in History said on Tuesday.

The screen legend’s gowns from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” the 1953 thriller “Niagara,” and the 1960 Oscar-nominated comedy “Let’s Make Love,” will also be up for auction.

Reynolds, 79, began amassing the impressive collection when she was a young actress under contract at MGM. When the studio auctioned off everything except its real estate in 1970, she turned a pastime into what she called an “obsession.”

But her dream of displaying her beloved costumes in a museum was dashed several times and she was forced to sell them to pay back creditors.

Monroe’s four costumes will be auctioned in Beverly Hills as part of the Debbie Reynolds Collection Part II on December 3.

Article Source: reuters.com