Monroe's Dress Fetches $5 Million
Debbie Reynolds sells Marilyn Monroe's iconic Seven Year Itch dress for more than $5 million.
Diamonds may have been Marilyn Monroe's best friend, but that special dress was priceless.
Well, if not priceless, how about $5,520,000? That's the price an anonymous bidder paid for the iconic Marilyn dress from The Seven Year Itch at a Saturday auction of Hollywood props collected by star Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills, said a spokesperson for the auction house, Profiles in History.
The buyer has not been indentified as he was relaying his bids over the phone.
The final price was $4.6 million and there's nearly a million dollar commission on top of that. Reynolds was in tears after the bidding -- which lasted 20 minutes -- was over, according to a report from CNN.com.
The dress is featured in the legendary scene in Itch where Marilyn and co-star Tom Ewell stop over a subway grate and the dress is blown above her knees by a passing train.
The Itch dress was not the only Marilyn item sold. Also auctioned off were the red-sequined showgirl gown and feathered hat from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and costumes from There's No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return for a combined $2.67 million, according to CNN.com.
Other items auctioned included test costume ruby slippers made for Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, a matador outfit worn by Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand and a Charlie Chaplin bowler hat.
Reynolds has some 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, original costume sketches and hundreds of props from film history, collected over the last 50 years, according to a press release. The next auction will be in December.