Marilyn’s Movie Costumes and Dresses Sold in L.A.

Among over 175 Marilyn-related items that went under the hammer yesterday in the Icons and Idols: Hollywood event at Julien’s Auctions, her movie costumes and dresses worn offscreen attracted some of the highest bids. Here’s a selection of the top sellers (and you can read all my posts on the event here.)

  1. Black cocktail dress, worn frequently in 1954-55 ($256,000)
  2. White cotton sundress, worn in 1957 photo shoot with Sam Shaw ($256,000)
  3. Pearl-grey silk halter dress by Jax, worn at 1960 press party for Let’s Make Love ($224,000)
  4. A black ‘Record’ book with 150 numbered and lined pages, the first page dated ‘Feb 18, 1953’ with approximately 14 pages containing entries in Monroe’s hand ($87,500)
  5. A personalised brown leather, six-ring Gucci address book with custom stamped ‘M.M.’ on the front cover, that belonged to Marilyn circa 1955 with handwritten entries, many in Monroe’s hand ($64,000)
  6. A Mae West-inspired black ‘cellophane effect’ evening gown, worn by Marilyn in a deleted scene from The Seven Year Itch ($56,250)
  7. A get-well greeting card from Marilyn’s father, Stanley C. Gifford ($31,250)
  8. A Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship, stamped ‘Marilyn Monroe Miller’ with an inscription from her Rabbi ($28,800)
  9. A medical file pertaining to cosmetic surgery ($25,600)
  10. Undated handwritten note by Marilyn ($25,000)

Additionally, four movie costumes worn by Marilyn were sold at Heritage Auctions yesterday.

  1. White gown designed by Beatrice Dawson for The Prince and the Showgirl ($100,000)
  2. Beige crepe trouser suit worn by Marilyn in The Asphalt Jungle ($75,000)
  3. Beaded leotard, designed by Travilla and worn by Marilyn in publicity shots for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($50,000)
  4. Cotton patterned shift dress, designed by Travilla for Don’t Bother to Knock ($25,000)

And finally, a number of prints were also sold, plus this signed photo of Marilyn which fetched $10,625.

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