Monday, June 20, 2011

Movie memorabilia extravaganza


Last Saturday Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch sold at the Debbie Reynolds auction for $4.6 million. Her red-sequined gown and feather hat from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sold for $1.47 million, and the Ascot hat and dress by Cecil Beaton worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady cashed in at $3.7 million. Reynolds' phenomenal and extensive collection was originally destined for a museum that never came together. Other bounty included garments worn by Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet.
Judy Garland's dress from The Wizard of Oz went for $910,000, whereas her "test shoes" went for more than half a million. They were deemed too Aladdin-like and were scrapped for the pumps now in the Smithsonian, although that's the way they appear in the Densmore drawings in the original Baum book. What do you think of them?

 

6 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I wish I had the money to own a piece of Hollywood memorabilia as cool as these items! Those original Dorothy red shoes are very Aladdin like and I'm glad they went with the ruby slippers we all know and love.

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  2. These would be amazing to see in person. Can't say I'd spend my money that way (not that it's an issue, haha)!! It does, however, beg the question: If money weren't an issue, what one item of memorabilia would you must like to have?
    Bogart's white suit/hat from Casablanca is my first thought... neat thread!

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  3. That's a really good thing to ponder. I think a lot of people would like the Maltese falcon statue .... in terms of clothes and costumes there were so many great designers— I'll have to keep an eye out and get back to you!

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  4. Love the Aladdinesque slippers!

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  5. Kate Hepburn's aviatrix costume from "Christopher Strong" is the movie costume I'd like.

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  6. Of movie costumes, The one I'd choose is the dress worn by Vivian Leigh in Gone with the Wind-- ostensibly made from those green curtains. The thrifty sewer in me is beguiled by that idea.

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