Marilyn’s ‘Show Business’ Gown Sold for $219K at Julien’s

The flesh-tone Travilla gown worn by Marilyn for her ‘After You Get What You Want (You Don’t Want It)’ number in There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954) has been sold for $218,750 at the ‘Hollywood Legends’ event hosted by Julien’s Auctions. The matching corsets won by Marilyn and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes fetched $102,400; the Joseff of Hollywood earrings sported by Marilyn in publicity shots for How to Marry a Millionaire reached $81,250; her evening gown from The Fireball sold for $43,750; and her pink blouse from Let’s Make Love fetched $37,500.

Among the other Marilyn-related lots, a sheet of handwritten notes for her Actors Studio class (circa 1955) sold for $18,750. A three-volume catalogue for the ‘Hollywood Legends’ sale is available here – and you can now view my picks of Marilyn’s costumes and correspondence with updated totals.