Actress Debbie Reynolds has been gathering an impressive collection of Hollywood memorabilia since she was a young girl working for MGM. She always had a dream of seeing her collection displayed in a museum, but after a 2006 project went bankrupt, Reynolds has had to auction off a lot of her pieces in a large auction in Beverly Hills on Saturday (June 18).
The biggest ticket item was the beautiful white pleated dress that famously blew around Marilyn Monroe on the subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch.” It was expected to fetch between $1 million and $2 million, but Reuters is reporting the dress went for $4.6 million.
Another Marilyn dress was also up for auction. The red-sequined dress Monroe wore in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” went for $1.2 million, about six times what it was expected to earn. Audrey Hepburn‘s “Ascot Gavotte” dress from “My Fair Lady” (pictured above) went for $3.7 million.
Here are a few other famous pieces:
– Judy Garland’s blue cotton dress used in test shots for “The Wizard of Oz,” $910,000
– Grace Kelly’s rose crepe outfit from “To Catch a Thief,” $450,000
– Marlon Brando’s elaborate coronation costume from “Napoleon Bonaparte,” $60,000
– Claude Rains’ ivory military suit from “Casablanca,” $55,000
– Elizabeth Taylor’s brown period dress from “Raintree County,” $10,000
– Madonna’s black evening gown and shoes from “Evita,” $22,500
– Mike Myers’ ’60s orange outfit from “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” $11,000
– Natalie Wood’s real-life high-school graduation dress, $4,250