Marilyn Monroe's "Subway" Dress Sets Record at Auction

Bidders exceed expectations for Debbie Reynolds auction

By Rebecca Nieto and Olsen Ebright
|  Sunday, Jun 19, 2011  |  Updated 2:41 PM CDT
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Considered to be the iconic dress of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe's "subway" dress from "The Seven Year Itch" sold for more than $5.6 million.

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An auction for Hollywood memorabilia from Debbie Reynolds' personal collection exceeded expectations Saturday.

Marilyn Monroe's "subway" dress by Travilla from "The Seven Year Itch" had an estimated value of $1-2 million. It sold for more than $5.6 million, a new record.

Judy Garland's Dorothy test dress from "The Wizard of Oz" was estimated to sell between $60,000 and $80,000. After taxes, it sold for $1,119,000.

Dorothy's test ruby red slippers, which were estimated to sell between $120,000 and $150,000, went for $627,000 including tax.

Charlie Chaplin bowler hat was estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $135,300.

Harpo Marx's hat and wig were estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. They sold for $55,350.

Profiles in History was selling the legendary actress' private movie memorabilia. It is said to be the most comprehensive private collection in the world, valued at millions of dollars.

"I wanted to build a museum for the public... which I was never able to raise the money for. That's why you are seeing this auction," Reynolds said. "I think it's sad, but I think it's the only way it can happen. It's the only way I can save it. I can't maintain it anymore."

For 40 years, the actress attended auctions, buying the most prized props, costumes, scripts and film cameras used by the giants of studio cinema: MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount.

The auction was streamed live online.

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