Marilyn’s ‘Bus Stop’ Costume Sold for $399,000

The green lacy blouse and black pencil skirt ensemble worn by Marilyn in Bus Stop (1956) topped bids at $399,000 among 34 Monroe-related items on offer in the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature event at Heritage Auctions yesterday. Her polka-dot dress from The Seven Year Itch fetched $212,500, while her hand-annotated screenplay sold for $81,250; and the white gown from The Prince and the Showgirl reached a total of $156,250.

The silver mink stole from the wedding scene in How to Marry a Millionaire sold for $10,000; and the silk dress worn by Marilyn while promoting Some Like It Hot reached $118,250.

A first edition of Playboy‘s debut issue – signed by Hugh Hefner – sold for $48,500; a costume sketch (and fabric swatch) for the ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress fetched $50,00; and Marilyn’s watercolour painting, ‘Myself, Exercising,’ reached $125,00.

And finally, Norma Jeane’s letter to her friend, Cathy Staub, sold for $27,500; and Marilyn’s note to acting coach Michael Chekhov fetched $36,250.

A handful of unsold items are still open to further bids until August 6 – see here.