Audrey Hepburn's iconic Ascot dress from "My Fair Lady," designed by legendary designer Cecil Beaton, sold for 3,700,000 at Debbie Reynolds' auction.
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"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" dress
Starring as Lorelei Lee in 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Marilyn Monroe dazzled in this red-sequined gown. She wore it during her performance of "Two Little Girls from Little Rock."
This dress went up for action in 2011 as actress and singer Debbie Reynolds looked to sell off her collection of famous movie costumes, props and memorabilia. Reynolds hoped to turn her collection into a museum, but after years of trying to secure financing and venues, the project fell through. The auction's proceeds are to go toward paying off Reynolds' debts.
Here's the iconic costume in 2011. Even the feathered hat survived under Reynolds' care.
The dress is made of a heavy silk crepe with thousands of hand-sewn sequins spiraling in every direction, starting small at the top and finishing in large singular sequins around the bottom, enabling them to catch the light from all angles.
The dress was acquired by Debbie Reynolds directly from Twentieth Century-Fox during the "pre-sale" when she bought all of the Marilyn Monroe wardrobe from the studio prior to the auction in 1971. The dress was expected to fetch $200,000-$300,000 at auction.
Elizabeth Taylor knew how to make a scene as Cleopatra. A royal ceremonial headdress seen in the 1963 film helped make that grand statement. The headdress - part of an extensive collection pieced together by screen legend Debbie Reynolds - was to be part of a museum that never got funding.
The blue cotton dress has polka dot trim and ivory sheer puff-sleeved blouse with blue ribbon. The dress features a handwritten label that says, "Judy Garland 3955." It was expected to take in $60,000 to $80,000 at auction.
These may not be the ruby slippers you remember. But they are part of "Wizard of Oz" history. These Arabian-pattern test "Ruby Slippers" were worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming. The shoes are covered with red sequins and beads lined with red silk and are listed as being in "delicate condition." The auction catalog listed the shoes at $120,000 to $150,000.
The gold charmeuse gown covered with bugle beading, red fringe accents, and gold velvet train with red netting was expected to fetch $80,000-$120,000 at auction.
The dress was originally created by Helen Rose for Betty Grable as "Kate Farley" in the "Cuddle Up a Little Closer" number in the 1953 film "Coney Island." The dress was later worn by Monroe in the 1954 film "River of No Return."
Debbie Reynolds acquired the dress directly from Twentieth Century-Fox during a "pre-sale" when she bought all of the Marilyn Monroe wardrobe from the studio prior to the auction in 1971.
The costume, with its elaborate ceremonial metal breastplate, also includes an ornate metal-handled short sword. The costume was worn by Stephen Boyd as Messala in the scene where Heston is apprehended by Roman soldiers. The costume was expected to bring in $20,000-$30,000.
The complete WWI military uniform, with accessories from "Sergeant York," features a vintage Army green wool WWI military jacket with three original military medals (not screen-used) and AA patch on sleeve. Also included are patches for decoration he received during the film. A label inside the costume reads, "Gary Cooper."
Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell in "The Seven Year Itch."
The fabric fashion designer Travilla chose for Monroe's costume was an ivory colored rayon-acetate crepe, heavy enough to flow beautifully as Marilyn walked but still light enough to blow up in an interesting way.
The dress was acquired by Debbie Reynolds directly from Twentieth Century-Fox during a "pre-sale," when she bought all the Marilyn Monroe wardrobe from the studio before a 1971 auction.
Debbie Reynolds is now selling the signature iconic caped overcoat Basil Rathbone wore from the productions. The tan and black square checked wool cape overcoat has a label reading "Basil Rathbone." The costume was expected to earn $20,000 to $30,000 at auction.
Kelly's dress from the movie, a two-piece rose crepe outfit from the scenic drive in the film, features a short-sleeve top that has heavy white wool embroidery, and a knee-length full-pleated skirt with drop waist.
The dress was expected to bring in $30,000 to $50,000.
The crown is up for auction and is in "excellent overall condition," according to the auction house officiating the sale of Debbie Reynolds' collection. The crown was expected to earn $8,000-$12,000 at auction.
Edith Head and her team won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for "Samson and Delilah." This costume, worn early in the film by Victor Mature, consists of a heavy cloak of linen-lined nubby fabric patched together with yarn like a quilt.
The cloak was expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000 at auction.