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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Gold fiberglass promotional plaque for Romeo and Juliet. Fiberglass promotional plaque for the film, the center medallion reads “Romeo and Juliet / No
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to f***r for (2,500.00 + 575.00) x 1 = 3,075.00
 
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Romeo and Juliet original 1938 U.S. one-sheet poster72 - Romeo and Juliet original 1938 U.S. one-sheet poster
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Romeo and Juliet original 1938 U.S. one-sheet poster. (MGM, 1938) Linen-backed Style “D” original U.S. 27” x 41” one-sheet poster with artwork of Nor
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to f***r for (1,400.00 + 322.00) x 1 = 1,722.00
 
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Mid 19th Century sofa from Camille73 - Mid 19th Century sofa from Camille
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Mid 19th Century sofa from Camille. (MGM, 1936) Mid 19th Century French whitewashed wooden sofa covered with pale grey and ivory brocade material and
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to r**********t for (11,000.00 + 2,530.00) x 1 = 13,530.00
 
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Camille (13) original oversize MGM set continuity stills by Ted Allen74 - Camille (13) original oversize MGM set continuity stills by Ted Allen
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Camille (13) original oversize MGM set continuity stills by Ted Allen. (MGM, 1936) Gelatin-silver matte double-weight oversize prints (most 10” x 13”
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to f***r for (3,250.00 + 747.50) x 1 = 3,997.50
 
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Katharine Hepburn “Mary Stuart” black velvet dress by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland75 - Katharine Hepburn “Mary Stuart” black velvet dress by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland
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Katharine Hepburn “Mary Stuart” black velvet dress by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland. (RKO, 1936) Black silk velvet two-piece period gown with
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 12,000.00
Sold to f***r for (14,000.00 + 3,220.00) x 1 = 17,220.00
 
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Florence Eldridge green velvet gown and shoes by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland76 - Florence Eldridge green velvet gown and shoes by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland
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Florence Eldridge “Elizabeth Tudor” green velvet gown and shoes by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland. (RKO, 1936) Green silk velvet two-piece peri
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to m**s for (3,500.00 + 805.00) x 1 = 4,305.00
 
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Florence Eldridge black, red and silver period gown by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland77 - Florence Eldridge black, red and silver period gown by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland
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Florence Eldridge “Elizabeth Tudor” black, red and silver period gown by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland. (RKO, 1936) Elaborate black, red and s
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to c*****z for (3,000.00 + 690.00) x 1 = 3,690.00
 
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Katharine Hepburn “Mary Stuart” dark green period dress by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland78 - Katharine Hepburn “Mary Stuart” dark green period dress by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland
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Katharine Hepburn “Mary Stuart” dark green period dress by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland. (RKO, 1936) Dark green silk velvet two-piece period
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 12,000.00
Sold to f***r for (18,000.00 + 4,140.00) x 1 = 22,140.00
 
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Florence Eldridge “Elizabeth Tudor” red period dress by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland79 - Florence Eldridge “Elizabeth Tudor” red period dress by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland
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Florence Eldridge “Elizabeth Tudor” red period dress by Walter Plunkett form Mary of Scotland. (RKO, 1936) Varying shades of red two-piece period silk
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
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Katharine Hepburn red period gown designed by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland80 - Katharine Hepburn red period gown designed by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland
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Katharine Hepburn red period gown designed by Walter Plunkett from Mary of Scotland. (RKO, 1936) Red silk velvet two-piece period gown with gold metal
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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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