Madonna’s dress from her 1984 ‘Material Girl’ music video is up for auction
The pink Marilyn Monroe-style dress worn by pop star Madonna in her 1984 ‘Material Girl’ music video and a drum set used by the prototype Beatles are some of the items up for auction at a musical memorabilia auction in California.
The Madonna lot, consisting of a pink satin dress with a strapless top and an oversized pink satin bow, satin opera gloves and rhinestone bracelets, is estimated between $100,000 and $200,000 when it will go under the hammer in May, as part of the “Music Icons” auction at Julien’s Auctions.
“We have Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ ensemble that she wore in the ‘Material Girl’ video in 1985, where she featured Marilyn Monroe from the 1950s movie Marilyn made, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'”, said Darren Julien, the founder and CEO of Julien’s Auctions.
“This is one of Madonna’s most historic and iconic pieces…very few such iconic items are in the public domain,” he added.
The dress was originally designed for a 1980 TV movie about Monroe, but was rented to a movie props company for use in Madonna’s “Material Girl” music video. The video was inspired by Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”.
A rare drum kit from John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s debut band The Quarrymen is also going under the hammer, with estimates from Julien’s Auctions between $400,000 and $600,000.