May 26, 2017

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “subway” dress sells for $4.2M

Photo Credit:  20th Century Fox

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: The ivory pleated halter dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” was sold for $4.2M at auction on Saturday. The garment was sold alongside a number of other pieces that were part of singer/actress Debbie Reynolds’ personal collection of movie memorabilia.

Dubbed “the subway dress”, the white frock became famous when, as part of the scene, Monroe’s nameless character (“The Girl”) lowered her hands to maintain a modicum of modesty when a rush of air blows her dress upward through a subway vent.

Also auctioned off was the red-sequined showgirl gown and a feathered hat Monroe wore in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” ($1.47M), Monroe’s costumes from “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “River of No Return” ($1.2M), said CNN. The previous record price for a Monroe dress was $1.26 million paid in 1999 for the dress the actress wore when she sang President John F. Kennedy the birthday song in 1962.

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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