Marilyn Monroe Dress Headlines Julien's Hollywood Legends Auction

  • BEVERLY HILLS, California
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  • April 30, 2015

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A Rare and Important Marilyn Monroe Dress Goes to Auction

Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, announced their highly anticipated Hollywood Legends Auction to be held at the Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills gallery on June 26 and June 27, 2015. The collection offers hundreds of items from Hollywood's most important stars including leading ladies and men from the Golden Era to today's Oscar winning roles.

Julien’s Auctions will offer a very significant dress worn by screen icon Marilyn Monroe from her final film “Something’s Got to Give” (20th C. 1962). The figure hugging silk crepe dress is printed with scattered painterly roses in shades of persimmon and deep cherry with a plunging V back. The interior of the studio constructed dress has hand finished details, is lined with ivory soufflé and has boning to the waistline. Jean Louis was the costume designer on the film. Monroe wore this dress when her character, who was proclaimed dead and returns from being stranded on an island for five years, is introduced in the film and reunited with her children who do not realize she is their mother. Monroe was fired from the film and when the studio tried to replace her with Lee Remick, the film’s leading man Dean Martin refused to finish the film without Monroe. Her untimely death came less than a month after being let go from the production. The dress can be seen in numerous newspaper articles announcing her death (Estimate: $400,000-$600,000).

Other highlights chronicling the personal life and career of the world’s most intriguing screen icon include rare items including a Marilyn Monroe black velvet bustier (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), a black silk underskirt from the Estate of Marilyn Monroe (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Marilyn Monroe’s personal copy of behind-the-scenes footage of “The Misfits” (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), Marilyn Monroe “Frankie and Johnny” script (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000), a 1961 black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable on the set of “The Misfits” ($5,000-$7,000), a photo layout sheet of four Marilyn Monroe color photographs (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000), a Marilyn Monroe owned hat (Estimate: $7000-$9000), a Marilyn Monroe side view x-ray from “Cedars of Lebanon Hospital/Drs. E. Freedman and S. Finck dated 11-10-54 which was used by the radiology resident at Cedars for teaching which Marilyn was aware of. The x-rays are said to be from her visit to the hospital for her chronic endometriosis (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000). Also included are a collection of signed vintage gelatin silver photographs of Marilyn Monroe by Bruno Bernard known as Bernard of Hollywood (Various estimates), Marilyn Monroe eyeliner pencils (Estimate: $800-$1,200), a Marilyn Monroe cosmetic jar (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000), a Marilyn Monroe signed white glove (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), a Marilyn Monroe grave marker (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and many more items from the life and career of Monroe.

A very significant dress worn by screen icon Marilyn Monroe from her final film “Something’s Got to Give” (20th C. 1962).

Highlights of Hollywood Legends include a vast array of memorabilia from leading ladies and men from Hollywood yesteryear to today’s blockbuster films. The collection includes Michelle Pfeiffer’s “Grease 2” jacket (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000), a Hugh Jackman “X-Men” dog tag (Estimate: $1,000-$3,000), a Mia Farrow “Rosemary’s Baby” ensemble (Estimate: $5000-$7,000), “The Ten Commandments” leg cuffs props (Estimate: $600-$800), Doris Day “It’s A Great Day” gown (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), Star Trek tunics including those from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley (Estimate: Vary from $15,000-$70,000), several “Gone with the Wind” scene stills (Estimate: $600-$800 each), Greta Garbo’s Louis Vuitton silk scarf and handbag (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a Barbra Streisand worn ensemble ($2,000-$3,000), a James Dean abstract painting circa 1954 (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000), a Sylvester Stallone original painting ($4,000-$6,000), a first edition of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) signed and inscribed (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

Also included are Al Pacino’s 1961 arrest record and mug shot (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000), Marlene Dietrich cigarette lighter (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), “My Fair Lady” ascot dress (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), Sylvester Stallone “Rocky” film used and signed pair of black Tuf-Wear boxing gloves (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000), a Charlie Chaplin owned whistle (Estimate: $1,200-$1,400), Liam Neeson’s “Schindler’s List” lapel pin (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and hundreds more items too extraordinary to list all on one page.

Details and additional images of the entire collection will be available via a flip catalog on soon. Full color catalogs will also be available for purchase.

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