Debbie Reynolds: The Auction

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For over 50 years screen legend Debbie Reynolds has been collecting and preserving Hollywood costumes and props from Academy Award winning films including Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Casablanca. This colossal collection includes garments designed by Travilla, Travis Banton and Edith Head some of the industry’s most renowned costume designers and were worn by film icons Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, Richard Burton and more.

The Debbie Reynolds Collection is deemed to be the most significant collection of Hollywood costumes and props since the liquidation of the MGM and FOX studios in the 1970’s. The entire collection contains over 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, original costume sketches and hundreds of key props from film history. Profiles in History plans to sell this massive collection through a series of auctions starting with this one on June 18, 2011.

There will be almost 600 of Debbie’s very best and most historic costumes and props including the most famous costume in screen history with an estimated value of 1 to 2 million dollars, Marilyn Monroe's ‘subway’ dress from The Seven-Year Itch. Other highlights include:

- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century-Fox, 1953) Marilyn Monroe costume worn as Lorelei Lee: signature red sequin dress from “Just Two Little Girls from Little Rock” opening musical number, designed by Travilla.

- The Sound of Music (20th Century-Fox, 1965) Julie Andrews brown jumper and blouse with original guitar, from “Do-Re-Mi”.

- Charlie Chaplin “Tramp character” signature bowler top hat.

- The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) Judy Garland’s “Dorothy” original blue and white gingham test dress with puff-sleeved white blouse from the first two weeks of filming, designed by Adrian, plus the matching fabled ruby slippers in the “Arabian test” pattern.

- Ben-Hur (MGM, 1959) Charlton Heston signature tunic, robe, and accessories for the grand procession into Rome.

- Mary of Scotland (RKO, 1934) Katharine Hepburn key red velvet and gold trimmed gown designed by Walter Plunkett.

- My Fair Lady (Warner Bros., 1964) Audrey Hepburn “Eliza Doolittle” signature ivory ribbon embroidery lace Ascot dress and hat designed by Cecil Beaton; Hepburn’s single most recognizable and remarkable outfit from any of her films.

- Singin’ in the Rain (MGM, 1952) Gene Kelly herringbone wool 3-piece suit by Walter Plunkett from “I’m Singin’ in the Rain” iconic musical number.

- There’s No Business Like Show Business (20th Century-Fox, 1954) Marilyn Monroe black, white and pink, tropical-print “Heat wave” dress and hat by Travilla.

- Blood & Sand (Paramount, 1922) Rudolph Valentino ‘suit of lights’ matador costume, the most iconic wardrobe from any of his films; designed by Travis Banton.

- Cleopatra (Paramount, 1934) Claudette Colbert signature royal boudoir gown of gold lamé and marquis-emerald trim, designed by Travis Banton.

- River of No Return (20th Century-Fox, 1954) Marilyn Monroe saloon girl costume of beaded yellow charmeuse with red scroll trim designed by Travilla, complete with all the accessories.

- To Catch a Thief (Paramount, 1955) Grace Kelly and Cary Grant key costumes by Edith Head, from the romantic scenic drive in a convertible overlooking Cannes.

- Taming of the Shrew (United Artists, 1929) Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Mary Pickford elaborate court costumes, hers is a peach silk velvet Empire gown with silver lace and bullion decoration by Irene Sharaff, and his is a black and gold tunic with gold lamé shirt and decorated cuffs, together with matching hat and yellow-lined boots.

And much, much more.
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Bell and Howell 2709 35 mm motion picture camera circa 19151 - Bell and Howell 2709 35 mm motion picture camera circa 1915
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Bell and Howell 2709 35 mm motion picture camera circa 1915. Bell and Howell Model 2709 circa 1915 Serial number 1153. 35mm motion picture camera, 4-l
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
Sold to f***r for (30,000.00 + 6,900.00) x 1 = 36,900.00
 
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Rudolph Valentino signature matador outfit by Travis Banton for the 1922 Blood and Sand2 - Rudolph Valentino signature matador outfit by Travis Banton for the 1922 Blood and Sand
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Rudolph Valentino “Juan Gallardo” signature “Suit of Lights” matador outfit by Travis Banton for the 1922 Blood and Sand. (Paramount, 1922) Exquisite
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Estimates : 60,000.00 - 80,000.00
Sold to f***r for (210,000.00 + 48,300.00) x 1 = 258,300.00
 
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Clare Eames “Queen Elizabeth” peach damask hat with pearls from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall3 - Clare Eames “Queen Elizabeth” peach damask hat with pearls from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall
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Clare Eames “Queen Elizabeth” peach damask hat with pearls from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall. (Pickford, 1924) Peach damask period hat adorned with a
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to f***r for (800.00 + 184.00) x 1 = 984.00
 
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Mary Pickford “Dorothy Vernon” period hat from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall4 - Mary Pickford “Dorothy Vernon” period hat from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall
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Mary Pickford “Dorothy Vernon” period hat from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall. (Pickford, 1924) Ornate wire frame hat with tulle covering and strung wi
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to s*****i for (3,250.00 + 747.50) x 1 = 3,997.50
 
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Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall pair of original lobby cards5 - Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall pair of original lobby cards
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Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall pair of original lobby cards. (United Artists, 1924) Pair of original hand-tinted 11” x 14” lobby cards of Mary Pickfor
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to f***r for (450.00 + 103.50) x 1 = 553.50
 
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Francis X. Bushman historic winged charioteer helmet from the 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ6 - Francis X. Bushman historic winged charioteer helmet from the 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
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Francis X. Bushman “Messala” historic winged charioteer helmet from the 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. (MGM, 1925) Historic brass charioteer wing
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
Sold to f***r for (30,000.00 + 6,900.00) x 1 = 36,900.00
 
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Elaborate dress tunic with beaded embroidery and fringe attributed to Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ7 - Elaborate dress tunic with beaded embroidery and fringe attributed to Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
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Elaborate dress tunic with beaded embroidery and blue fringe attributed to Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Incredibly elaborate silk and satin robed tu
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to f***r for (600.00 + 138.00) x 1 = 738.00
 
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Tunic with suede top embellished with brass hemispheres attributed to Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ8 - Tunic with suede top embellished with brass hemispheres attributed to Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
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Tunic with rust suede top embellished with brass hemispheres attributed to Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Teal fabric tunic armored with heavy suede r
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to f***r for (600.00 + 138.00) x 1 = 738.00
 
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Large purple cape with gold appliqué from Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ9 - Large purple cape with gold appliqué from Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
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Large purple cape with gold appliqué from Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. (MGM, 1925) Light purple velvet and silk cape or shawl, approx. 4ft x ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to f***r for (600.00 + 138.00) x 1 = 738.00
 
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Mitchell Standard Model A 35 mm motion picture camera circa late 1920s10 - Mitchell Standard Model A 35 mm motion picture camera circa late 1920s
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Mitchell Standard Model A 35 mm motion picture camera circa late 1920s. Mitchell Standard Model A circa late 1920s Serial number 1085 35mm motion pict
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 12,000.00
Sold to f***r for (16,000.00 + 3,680.00) x 1 = 19,680.00
 
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Harold Lloyd personal blue suit with signature straw hat from the Harold Lloyd Estate, dated 192811 - Harold Lloyd personal blue suit with signature straw hat from the Harold Lloyd Estate, dated 1928
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Harold Lloyd personal blue suit with signature straw hat from the Harold Lloyd Estate, dated 1928. Three-piece navy wool double-breasted suit. Benham
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to f***r for (4,000.00 + 920.00) x 1 = 4,920.00
 
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Lock of Mary Pickford’s hair in wooden display box12 - Lock of Mary Pickford’s hair in wooden display box
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Lock of Mary Pickford’s hair in wooden display box. Lock of Mary Pickford’s blonde hair measuring approximately 3 in. long and housed in a custom seal
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to f***r for (3,500.00 + 805.00) x 1 = 4,305.00
 
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Porcelain teapot hand-painted lacquer wall hangings & other effects from the estate of Mary Pickford13 - Porcelain teapot hand-painted lacquer wall hangings & other effects from the estate of Mary Pickford
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Porcelain teapot, hand-painted lacquer wall hangings and other effects from the estate of Mary Pickford. Porcelain teapot with hand-painted leaves, fl
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to f***r for (1,600.00 + 368.00) x 1 = 1,968.00
 
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Three steamer trunks owned and used by Mary Pickford14 - Three steamer trunks owned and used by Mary Pickford
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Three steamer trunks owned and used by Mary Pickford. Three large steamer trunks owned and used by Mary Pickford. Includes a green trunk with black a
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to r**********t for (8,000.00 + 1,840.00) x 1 = 9,840.00
 
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Collection of Mary Pickford personal hats and gloves15 - Collection of Mary Pickford personal hats and gloves
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Collection of Mary Pickford personal hats and gloves. Six personal hats from the collection of Mary Pickford of wool and felt construction with sequin
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to f***r for (4,500.00 + 1,035.00) x 1 = 5,535.00
 
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Mary Pickford green velvet gown with beaded bodice from The Taming of the Shrew16 - Mary Pickford green velvet gown with beaded bodice from The Taming of the Shrew
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Mary Pickford “Katherine” green velvet gown with beaded bodice from The Taming of the Shrew. (UA, 1929) Two-piece green velvet gown worn by Mary Pickf
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
Sold to f***r for (17,000.00 + 3,910.00) x 1 = 20,910.00
 
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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. “Petruchio” complete costume with boots from The Taming of the Shrew17 - Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. “Petruchio” complete costume with boots from The Taming of the Shrew
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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. “Petruchio” complete costume with boots from The Taming of the Shrew. (UA, 1929) Black and copper patterned vest with gold bull
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
Sold to f***r for (20,000.00 + 4,600.00) x 1 = 24,600.00
 
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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. “Petruchio” distressed wedding costume from The Taming of the Shrew18 - Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. “Petruchio” distressed wedding costume from The Taming of the Shrew
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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. “Petruchio” distressed wedding costume from The Taming of the Shrew. (UA, 1929) Studio distressed costume worn by Douglas Fairb
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Start Price : 8,000.00 | Estimates : 8,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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Charlie Chaplin signature bowler hat from numerous productions as “The Tramp” character19 - Charlie Chaplin signature bowler hat from numerous productions as “The Tramp” character
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Charlie Chaplin signature bowler hat from numerous productions as “The Tramp” character. Signature black felt bowler hat with “London Best Custom Made
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
Sold to f***r for (110,000.00 + 25,300.00) x 1 = 135,300.00
 
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1918 Ford Model T used in Laurel & Hardy films20 - 1918 Ford Model T used in Laurel & Hardy films
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1918 Ford Model T used in Laurel & Hardy films. Acquired by Debbie Reynolds at the 1970 MGM sale.  This piece was bought with no wheels and...
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
Sold to f***r for (35,000.00 + 8,050.00) x 1 = 43,050.00
 
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