Gone with the Wind dress fetches $137K at auction

Embroidered dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 now-classic film 'Gone with the Wind.' Auctioned on April 18, 2015 for $137,000 at Heritage Auctions' Beverly Hills gallery. Image courtesy of Heritage

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The gray and black dress worn by Vivien Leigh when she played Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 movie classic “Gone with the Wind” has been sold at auction for $137,000.

According to Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, the embroidered dress went for more than double its starting price of $60,000 on Saturday.

“Gone with the Wind” is a 1936 Civil War-era epic novel by Margaret Mitchell that was then made into the multiple Academy Awards winning movie.

O’Hara’s dress was part of an extensive collection of memorabilia from the film gathered by James Tumblin, a former makeup artist from Universal studios.

In all, about 150 items were up for auction.

The straw hat with green ribbons worn by O’Hara on the day of a picnic at the start of the film fetched $52,500 and one of her blouses went for $32,500.

Among the other items on sale were a gray suit worn by the character Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, which fetched $55,000.

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