Marilyn Monroe’s movie costumes up for auction, including controversial outfit
Marilyn Monroe is one of those social icons whose wardrobe is just as iconic as her career. The costumes and red carpet dresses she wore were immortalized in pop culture – and now, in a few months, someone can take them home. Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic costumes are auctioned off in a two-day auction. They will be sold during the two-day Legendary Women of Hollywood auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverley Hills.
The highlights of the auction will be three costumes worn in Monroe’s greatest films – Men prefer blondes, There is no business like show business and River of no return.
Men prefer blondes was a 1953 musical that made Monroe one of Hollywood’s foremost sex symbols. The actress played Lorelei Lee, a showgirl who goes on a cruise while being followed by a private investigator. Lorelei Lee is engaged to a wealthy man named Gus Esmond, and her father hires the detective because he suspects that Lorelei Lee is only getting married in the family for money.
In the film’s first opening issue, “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” Monroe wears a red sequined maxi dress. It has a deep neckline with a high slit on the leg and appears to be held by a pin at the hip. This red silk dress, with its matching feathered headdress, is up for auction and is valued between $ 60,000 and $ 80,000.
The next costume up for auction is the Monroe set from the 1954 film, There is no business like show business. Monroe plays Vicky Parker in the film, who is a vaudeville artist. One of the film’s most iconic dresses is a three-piece outfit that Monroe wears while performing the sassy performance of a song called “Heat Wave.”
The costume was designed by master fashion designer, William Travilla, who went on to design the costumes for eight of Monroe’s films, including the white halter dress she wore in The seven year itch. The auction dress consists of a bold black silk bandeau top and a ruffled skirt that opens to show the black slip underneath.
The racy costume sparked controversy, and it was even rumored that her husband Joe DiMaggio refused to be photographed with Monroe wearing the costume on set. The dress is estimated between $ 60,000 and $ 80,000.
The third costume at auction is from the 1954 Monroe drama, River of no return. The dress is the vintage, floor-length yellow silk dress worn in the final scene. The costume was designed by famous costume designer Helen Rose (who designed Grace Kelly’s wedding dress) and it was originally designed for Betty Grable in the 1943 film. Coney Island. Travilla took the dress and transformed it with red embroidery and a bow on the back.
Debbie Reynolds bought this dress at a 1971 auction when she was collecting Golden Era Hollywood costumes in hopes of opening a museum. She then sold it in 2011.
The auction is October 28 through November 1, so mark your calendar if you have $ 60,000 spare lying around.