Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Objects of desire, part 2

Marilyn Monroe “Cherie” iconic green and black-sequined leotard designed by Travilla for Bus Stop

Tallulah Bankhead silver lamé robe designed by Rene Hubert from A Royal Scandal

A second auction of Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood collection is set for 3rd December 2011 in Beverly Hills, and there are many more beautiful objects of desire up for sale this time round - if only one had the money!

The magnificent Debbie Reynolds Collection auction in June far exceeded its initial estimates, and earned a place in the Guinness World Records after selling Marilyn Monroe's iconic white "Subway Dress" for $5.52 million (£2.8 million), making it the world's most expensive dress. Will they break records this time around, I wonder?

Betty Grable heavily beaded aqua dance costume designed by Earl Luick from Springtime in the Rockies

Gladys Cooper aubergine period gown and coat designed by Edward Stevenson from At Sword’s Point

On sale this time are at least two of Betty Grable's shimmy dresses, Tallulah Bankhead's silver robe, several gowns by Adrian and Travilla including those worn by Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alice Faye, Sonja Henie and Norma Shearer, Marilyn Monroe's basque from Bus Stop, Mitzi Gaynor's feather showgirl hat, Barbra Streisand's swan outfit from Funny Girl, period costumes worn by the likes of Gladys Cooper and Olivia de Havilland, and outfits worn by Esther Williams in her Busby Berkeley aquatic extravaganzas...

My favourite of all the items must be this fantabulosa silver and black sequined star outfit designed by Donald Brooks for Julie Andrews in Star!


Debbie Reynolds - the Auction, part 2


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