Marilyn Monroe dress sold for $4.6 million at auction
The iconic ivory pleated halted dress Marilyn Monroe wore in the 1955 movie "The Seven Year Itch" has been sold for $4.6 million.
The outfit, which the actress wore in a scene while standing over a subway grate, was part of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia gathered by singer and actress Debbie Reynolds.
Monroe died in 1962 at age 36 and remains one of Hollywood's most iconic sex symbols. Her subway grate scene in "The Seven Year Itch," which featured air pushing up the skirt of her dress, has often been parodied in modern pop culture.
Reynolds spent 50 years accumulating and preserving her collection of costumes and items featured in classic films from Hollywood's golden age in hopes of one day opening a museum. The auction catalog can be downloaded on the website of Profiles in History.
Also auctioned off at Saturday's event was the red dress Monroe wore in the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," which sold for $1.2 million, Audrey Hepburn's iconic Ascot dress from the 1964 film "My Fair Lady," which fetched $3.7 million and Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat from "The Little Tramp," which sold for $110,000.
Judy Garland's light blue dress from "The Wizard of Oz" was sold for $910,000, while a pair of ruby slippers designed for her character but which was ultimately not used on screen fetched $510,000.
Julie Andrews' guitar from the 1965 musical film "The Sound of Music" was auctioned off for $140,000, while the red-brown outfit she wore while performing the song "Do-Re-Mi" in the movie sold for $550,000. A headdress late actress Elizabeth Taylor wore in the 1963 movie "Cleopatra" fetched $100,000 at the auction.