Story and Photos by Stacey Gualandi/October 4, 2011
In June, The Women’s Eye covered the Debbie Reynolds Auction at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. It was an unprecedented event: the private – very personal – Hollywood memorabilia collection of the legendary actress went up on the auction block for the first time in five decades.
You may recall that the “subway” dress made famous by Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch” sold for 4.6 million dollars. Audrey Hepburn’s “My Fair Lady” gown brought in $3.7 million. And Judy Garland’s “Dorothy” costume from “The Wizard of Oz” went for $910,000! All totaled: the auction raised a world-record-breaking $22.8 million (before taxes)!!
Well, this is Hollywood, so there has to be a sequel. Debbie, together with auction house Profiles in History, will have more amazing costumes, props, furniture and jewelry available again to bid on, or just to admire, on December 3rd at the Paley.
I took a trip recently to see what wonderful items Debbie has got in store for us this time and she didn’t disappoint. We can’t get enough of Ms. Monroe.
Her tiny one-piece “Bus Stop” costume will surely draw a crowd. As will Scarlett O’Hara’s “bird” hat from “Gone With The Wind”, worn, of course, by Vivien Leigh. And Barbra Streisand’s costumes from “Funny Girl” will certainly bring a smile across your face.
Below are photos of just some of the remarkable treasures Debbie has preserved and now on display, some dating as far back as the 1930’s!! You can see all of them up-close-and-personal yourself. Just visit the Paley from now until auction day. Enjoy!
Thanks for the memories, Debbie!