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Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Charlie Chaplin Costumes to Be Sold at Auction

Iconic items from "The Seven Year Itch," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Tramp" are among the 3,500 items to be auctioned off from a collection owned by Debbie Reynolds.
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Iconic movie costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Charlie Chaplin from a collection belonging to Debbie Reynolds will go on sale in June, auction house Profiles in History said Thursday.

Monroe's subway dress from The Seven Year Itch, Garland's blue cotton dress and ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Chaplin's Tramp bowler hat are among the 3,500 items that will be up for auction June 18 in Beverly Hills, Reuters reported.

Also for sale: Barbra Streisand's sleeveless gold velvet, jeweled gown from Hello, Dolly -- said to be the most expensive dress ever made for a film -- as well as Audrey Hepburn's Ascot dress from My Fair Lady and Julie Andrews' costumes from The Sound of Music.

Reynolds, who starred in such films as Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, has been collecting film memorabilia for more than 50 years.

She got more serious about it when, in 1970, MGM announced it was going to auction off everything except its real estate. Reynolds, who had been under contract at MGM, purchased many items and continued to save as many pieces as she could over the years.

Her collection was due to have been housed in a planned museum, her spokeswoman said. But after the project fell through, Reynolds has decided to sell her collection.

The collection will be on view to the public at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in early June.

 

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