Julien's auctions is proud to announce their “property from the life and career of Marilyn Monroe” auction event which will take place in beverly hills and live online at the julien site on Friday November 1st.
The highlights of the vente aux enchères will be three costumes worn in Hollywood legend's greatest films - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There's No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return - as well as her signed black cocktail dress, likely worn at the 1958 press conference for his hit film, Some Like It Hot. This collection glamor of 115 objects also includes a wide range of artefacts from his personal life and will all be sold without reservation.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was the 1953 musical comedy film that propelled Monroe to the rank of superstar and iconic Hollywood sex symbol. During the film's spectacular opening, she and her co-star Jane Russell sing “Two Little Girls from Little Rock” and Monroe wears the iconic costume as well as the matching dramatic red headdress.
Another unforgettable costume is an extravagant three-piece set designed by master fashion designer William Travilla of There's No Business Like Show Business. The star wore the show's centerpiece during the song and dance number “Heat Wave”. A sketch of the costume in gouache and pencil signed Travilla is also available.
Also on display in this auction is a vintage, bright yellow silk dress worn by Monroe in the final scene of River of No Return, where she sings the iconic song of the same title from the film. This gorgeous set was originally designed by costume designer Helen Rose for Betty Grable in the 1943 film Coney Island.
Another signature from Monroe includes a black silk crepe Henri Bendel cocktail dress with a plunging V-neck and back, which appears to be the same dress she wore to the July 1958 press conference for her film, Some Like It Hot.