The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Marilyn Monroe's costume from 'There's No Business Like Show Business' sells for $280,000
Marilyn Monroe Period Gown from "River Of No Return", 20th Century Fox, 1954. Estimate: $60,000.00-80,000.00.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien's Auctions held its Legendary Women of Hollywood auction featuring Property from the Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe on Friday, November 1 in Beverly Hills, CA in front of a spirited audience of collectors and bidders live on the floor, online and on the phone.

The top moments of the event were the sale of three items worn by the Hollywood screen legend, Marilyn Monroe, in her biggest films - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There's No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return - as well as her signature style black cocktail dress likely worn to the 1958 press conference for her blockbuster film, Some Like It Hot.

The siren's show stopping ensemble worn in Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business made heads turn once again when the gavel came down at the hammer price of $280,000. Worn by the star as "Vicky Parker" during the saucy "Heat Wave" song and dance number, the three-piece costume designed by master couturier, William Travilla, consists of a daring black silk bandeau sequined top with a hot pink and black silk sequined scarf that drapes over the left shoulder; a black floral print, decorated floor-length skirt lined with six layers of hot pink silk ruffles, accompanied by a black silk bikini-style bottom brief; and a classic, white over-sized straw hat. A design sketch of the costume in gouache and pencil signed by Travilla also sold for $11,520 (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

Monroe's stunning floor length, red silk, long sleeved sequined dress worn in her role as Lorelei Lee in the 1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox) opposite Jane Russell sold for an astounding $250,000. The iconic costume together with the matching dramatic red headdress was originally estimated at $60,000-$80,000. Her co-star Jane Russell's costume, a near replica red silk, long sleeved sequined floor length dress with deep V neckline also sold for $43,750.

The bright yellow silk, floor-length period gown worn by Monroe as "Kay Weston" in the final scene of the 1954 drama, River of No Return (20th Century Fox), co-starring Robert Mitchum, sold for $175,000 (estimate at $60,000-$80,000). Monroe's black silk crepe, knee-length, short capped sleeved Henri Bendel cocktail dress with a plunging V neck and back, appearing to be the same dress she wore at the July 1958 press conference for her film, Some Like It Hot (estimate: $20,000 - $40,000) sold for $100,000.

Other auction highlights included: an Italian-style carved wood ornate corner chair used by the star in her final photo shoot in July 1962 with Life magazine that sold for $81,250,

ten times it original estimate of $8,000; a mint green jersey silk Emilio Pucci skirt and top ensemble that sold for $46,875, well over its original estimate of $6,000; a brown and olive green striped couch used in her psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson's office during the time he treated the star that sold for $11,250, well over its estimate of $1,000; a black with blue satin bows bathing suit labeled "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / M. Monroe" that sold for $11,250; a crème-colored umbrella with a wooden hook handle used by the star then-called Norma Jeane in 1949 when Andre De Dienes took photographs of her at Jones Beach and at Tobay Beach on Long Island in New York that sold for $21,875, seven times over its original estimate of $3,000; a black silk jersey fabric with a gold and black "lace" print bathing suit worn by Monroe in the 1951 film, Let's Make It Legal (20th Century Fox) that sold for $37,500 (estimate: $10,000 - $20,000) and more. The collection consisting of 115 of her most glamourous and personal items were sold at no reserve.

Today's News

November 3, 2019

A Dutch Golden Age? That's only half the story

Signac, Caillebotte, Monet & more lead Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Marilyn Monroe's costume from 'There's No Business Like Show Business' sells for $280,000

Is it Machiavelli? By Leonardo? Mystery artwork causes buzz

Nigerian contemporary art booms and prices soar

Exhibition of new works by Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, and Portia Zvavahera on view at Andrew Kreps Gallery

244-year-old rifle stolen decades ago is recovered

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acquires Joel Wayne Collection of hand-drawn postcards

Sperone Westwater opens an exhibition of new work by artist and filmmaker David Lynch

Sheldon Breiner, 82, dies; Used magnetism for explorations

Iran unveils new anti-US murals at former embassy

The Jewish Museum opens first survey of Rachel Feinstein's three-decade career

'Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti' spans two Columbus locations

New Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency

After exchanging vows, they're in it for life

Fighting social injustice through graffiti, and making a business of it

CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux opens an exhibition curated by Laura Herma

René Wirths presents a new collection of paintings from the Liquids series at Galerie Templon

Petzel Gallery opens a solo show of works by Walead Beshty

Dancing past 60: 'I actually forget that I am aging'

She's putting her mark on the Kennedy Center

Elizabeth V. Warren elected Board President at American Folk Art Museum

Zabludowicz Collection opens an exhibition by Fay Zmija Nicolson

Exhibition of new and selected works by Mary Sibande opens at Somerset House

Tips For Taking Pictures To Turn Into Wall Art For Your Home

Extra Soundcloud promotion tips

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful