For over 50 years screen legend Debbie Reynolds has been collecting and preserving Hollywood costumes and props from Academy Award winning films including Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Casablanca. This colossal collection includes garments designed by Travilla, Travis Banton and Edith Head some of the industry?s most renowned costume designers and were worn by film icons Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, Richard Burton and more.
The Debbie Reynolds Collection is deemed to be the most significant collection of Hollywood costumes and props since the liquidation of the MGM and FOX studios in the 1970?s. The entire collection contains over 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, original costume sketches and hundreds of key props from film history. Profiles in History plans to sell this massive collection through a series of auctions starting with this one on June 18, 2011.
There will be almost 600 of Debbie?s very best and most historic costumes and props including the most famous costume in screen history with an estimated value of 1 to 2 million dollars, Marilyn Monroe's ?subway? dress from The Seven-Year Itch. Other highlights include:
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century-Fox, 1953) Marilyn Monroe costume worn as Lorelei Lee: signature red sequin dress from ?Just Two Little Girls from Little Rock? opening musical number, designed by Travilla.
- The Sound of Music (20th Century-Fox, 1965) Julie Andrews brown jumper and blouse with original guitar, from ?Do-Re-Mi?.
- Charlie Chaplin ?Tramp character? signature bowler top hat.
- The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) Judy Garland?s ?Dorothy? original blue and white gingham test dress with puff-sleeved white blouse from the first two weeks of filming, designed by Adrian, plus the matching fabled ruby slippers in the ?Arabian test? pattern.
And much, much more.