Marilyn’s ‘Legendary’ Hollywood Style at Julien’s

Clothing and jewellery worn by Marilyn onscreen will go under the hammer as part of the Hollywood Legends event at Julien’s Auctions this Friday, July 15, including this black velvet evening gown from her brief appearance in The Fireball (1950), also seen in a photo shoot with LIFE photographer Ed Clark.

SOLD for $43,750

Two black sequined leotards with matching hats – worn by Marilyn and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – are also on offer. Originally designed by Travilla for the ‘Three French Dances’ musical number (which was canned), the costumes remain in a backstage scene and publicity stills for the movie.

SOLD for $102,400

These gold-tone, clip-on pendant earrings were worn by Marilyn in publicity shots for How to Marry a Millionaire (1953.)

SOLD for $81,250

Another classic Travilla costume – with headpiece and shoes included – from Marilyn’s ‘After You Get What You Want (You Don’t Want It)’ number in There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954.)

SOLD for $218,750

Marilyn wore this lace-trimmed bodice for her unpublished ‘Renoir Girl’ photo session with Jack Cardiff, cinematographer for The Prince and the Showgirl, in 1956.

SOLD for $25,600

And finally, this pink silk blouse was designed by Dorothy Jeakins for Let’s Make Love (1960.)

SOLD for $37,500

The auction also features numerous lots including Marilyn’s correspondence, financial statements and personal notes – see here.