Marilyn Monroe iconic dress sold for $4.6 million

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 08:25 AM IST

London: Actress Marilyn Monroe`s iconic white dress that she wore in the movie `The Seven Year Itch` has fetched $4.6 million at an auction.

In the film, the white dress was blown by the wind exposing her innerwear. It was sold along with a host of other memorabilia belonging to many stars collected by Debbie Reynolds.

The dress had been designed by William Travilla and was made from rayon-acetate to give it sharp pleats, reports contactmusic.com.

At the opening of the auction, Reynolds said: "I`ve been collecting for 45 years and I`m only 40."

By the time the lots had closed she was left in tears.

Reynolds had acquired the dress in 1971 when she bought all of Monroe`s wardrobe from 20th Century Fox.

Among other items auctioned were racing clothes worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1944 film "National Velvet" that went for $60,000. Taylor`s headdress from "Cleopatra" and a dress and a pair of ruby slippers worn in a screen test for "The Wizard of Oz" by Judy Garland sold together for $1.75 million.

Charlie Chaplin`s bowler hat, which he wore in `The Little Tramp` fetched $135,000.

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