As props from “Star Wars” and Marvel movies highlighted a heavyweight Hollywood auction that reached its grand finale Monday (July 18), Marilyn Monroe’s iconic gown fetched a heavy auction price of $218,000. Monroe’s white-and-sheer gown formed the priciest item of the 1,700 items, and one of more than 100 items used by the late star, sold during the four-day “Hollywood Legends” event.
Honoring Monroe’s 96th Birthday…
During the “Holywood Legends”, a four-day event to offer movie fans and memorabilia collectors a unique and dynamic destination like no other, Marilyn Monroe’s white-and-sheer gown worn by her in the 1954 musical comedy “There’s No Business Like Show Business” fetched $218,750 during its grand finale Monday (July 18).
That winning bid blew past the $80,000 to $100,000 price range estimated by Julien’s Auctions, which organized the event in Los Angeles. Apart from this, a sequin leotard worn by Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” sold for $102,400 in conjunction with Jane Russell’s matching costume in the 1953 movie.
Monroe’s dress was one of more than 100 items used by or belonging to the late Hollywood star put up for auction during the star-studded event. The Hollywood Legends was announced on June 1, which would have been Monroe’s 96th birthday after the legendary actress and singer, passed away in 1962 at the age of 36.
The upcoming reimagining of Monroe’s life and legacy was imitated in the movie “Blonde” Lead star Ana de Armas, who portrays Monroe in the film based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, spoke in an interview that production “recreated” all of Monroe’s legendary outfits specifically for the screen.
“We did not use anything real,” de Armas explained. “We got a wonderful team of tailors and seamstress and we recreated every single piece. The same as, you know, the ones she wore but we did not touch any of her real stuff.” Well, the auction items were as real as they come and people who were able to grab them are indeed the lucky ones!
Marvel And Star Wars Nail It!
Apart from the Marilyn Monroe collection, props from “Star Wars” and “Marvel” movies fetched heavy prices during the grand finale Monday. Top sellers included the red, white and blue shield handled by Chris Evans’ Caption American in “Avengers” (2012). The auction price for this shield went to $200,000.
Not only this, but a Stormtrooper helmet used in the 1997’s original “Star Wars” movie fetched $192,000 while Thor’s hammer from the 2013 “Thor: The Dark World” fetched $51,200.
Julien’s Auctions collaborated with Turner Classic Movies for the event to sell some of the film industry’s most-recognizable items. Other sales included a broomstick used in “Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets” for $76,800, a cape donned by Christopher Reeve in “Superman III” FOR $51,200, and an ensemble donned by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for $156,250.
The four-day event “Hollywood Legends” kicked off Friday (July 15) in Beverly Hills. The event was announced on June 1 which could have been Marilyn Monroe’s 96th birthday following her death in 1962 at the age of 32. The event concluded Monday (July 19) as Marliyn’s belongings fetched heavy auction prices.