Do you love classic films? There is no better place on earth to journey into movie history than Los Angeles, California – and no better place to acquire authentic memorabilia for your personal collection. But be prepared to pay, because the price tags can be shockingly high.
A recent Hollywood memorabilia auction brought in millions of dollars for some historically famous items. Actress Debbie Reynolds recently sold off her personal collection. She purchased the collection in 1970 when MGM Studios sold off its Hollywood costumes and props.
Huge Historical Hollywood Movie History Prop Collection for Sale
Originally, Reynolds attempted to share this collection by opening a movie history museum of her own for the public. This endeavor lead her into debt.
Luckily, the historic Hollywood Collection was placed on display at the Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills for several weeks. This allowed many locals to view this assembly of famous Hollywood memorabilia (although it was not a permanent museum, we hope Debbie Reynolds was able to see the excited public as they viewed the props and costumes).
Checking out the auction was an amazing experience. So many unlikely sights we’d never have expected to come face to face with.
There were costumes from Planet Of The Apes, The Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, Ben Hur and many more.
It also included other movie history items – such as those from Laurel and Hardy’s car (my personal favorite), Charlie Chaplin’s bowler hat, and Clark Gable’s dressing room and his robes from Gone With The Wind.
The costumes made for black and white films were in simple shades of brown. Makes sense when you think about it.
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Big Money for Movie History Costume Memorabilia
The jewel of the collection was Marilyn Monroe’s infamous dress from The Seven Year Itch. It’s the one from the iconic scene where the subway grate blows air up Marilyn’s dress, revealing her legs. This sold for an astounding $5.6 million, way above the estimated $2.5 million.
Other big sellers among the 400 items included:
- Judy Garland’s Dress from The Wizard Of Oz ($910,000)
- Red Slippers from The Wizard Of Oz ($510,000)
- Marilyn Monroe’s red-sequined dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($1.2 million)
- Julie Andrew’s guitar from The Sound Of Music ($140,000)
- Harpo Marx’s top hat and curly wig ($45,000)
Is memorabilia an appreciating financial investment, or pure sentimentality? The auction items are expected to have made $22.5 million dollars (to find out about more upcoming auctions, you can visit profilesinhistory.com).
As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is an ideal place to explore movie history by visiting outdoor film locations from famous movies, the filmmaking studios themselves, and – particularly – the Hollywood memorabilia auctions.
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