Debbie Reynolds The Auction tomorrow, June 18, 2011, is your chance to own a slice of Hollywood history.
Hollywood’s Golden Age is over. The great stars exist only as silvery shadows on the screen. But some of the most important movie costumes and props, collected and preserved by actress Debbie Reynolds, are up for auction.
Among the hundreds of important items are Marilyn Monroe’s dress, designed by Travilla, that ascends sky-high from a subway gust in “The Seven Year Itch.” The dress used to be white but time has turned it to ecru. There is light boning that creates a built-in bra. And there are many more intricately sewn crepe pleats than is revealed by the camera. This item is expected to garner the highest bid in the entire lot, perhaps as much as 1 or 2 million dollars.
Photo by Sam Shaw
Audrey Hepburn’s stunning black-and-white Ascot race scene gown by Cecil Beaton for “My Fair Lady.” The gown was designed to be worn while posing thus there are lead weights sewn into the hem to keep the train in place.
Elizabeth Taylor’s massive crown from “Cleopatra.”
Several breath-taking and intricately detailed costumes worn by Katherine Hepburn in “Mary of Scotland,” designed by the great Walter Plunkett.
Maybe you’d like to step into Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Or how about trying on Charlie Chaplin’s iconic bowler?
The collection covers over one-hundred years of movie history and includes outfits worn by every major Hollywood star: Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Julie Andrews, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Norma Shearer and Grace Kelly to name just a few.
The auction catalog is sold out, but you can download the free PDF catalog here. I’ve gone through it at least a dozen times and it is the most extraordinary gathering of costumes, props and memorabilia I have even seen.
It’s too bad that the vast holdings could not be kept intact. Reynolds tried to interest various museums in purchasing the entire collection but there were no takers. Thus, pieces of Hollywood history, our cinematic dreams, will be scattered to the four corners of the world.
Browse the catalog and tell us what you’d like to own.
It’s been a very BB week so:
No Brigitte Bardot costumes in the Debbie Reynolds collection. In fact, BB held a garage sale of all her outfits in order to raise funds for her animal rescue foundation.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspiring Shabbat.