Marilyn Monroe’s Dress Rockets in Price at History Auction

On June 10-12 the Hollywood Profiles in History auction house was holding another of its grand sales with more than 1,500 lots. The most notable of them was undoubtedly the famous dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Marilyn Monroe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes dress

According to what the Telegraph says, this strapless fuchsia affair featuring in the performance of Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend leaped quickly over its expected price of $150,000-$250,000.

The dress, remembered by many as Monroe’s gorgeous attire made legendary by a number of scenes (the one following the spicy “subway scene” and the one where she sang Happy Birthday Mr. President) went for $313,000.

Monroe’s fuchsia (that had already been sold for $1.2 million at Christie’s) is more than a cool number, comments Joe Maddalena, auction house CEO. “It’s important. It’s a cultural icon.”

He added that it is second to none as such a unit, comparable only to Audrey Hepburn’s black dress featuring on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which is exhibited for $900,000.

This sale was also marked by Edward’s Scissorhands, Mary Poppins’ wonderbag, and a sprinkling of memorabilia from Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz, and a number of things from Elvis Presley’s wardrobe.

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