Monroe, Chaplin`s costumes to be auctioned

Updated: May 28, 2011, 09:00 AM IST

London: Movie memorabilia including costumes worn by screen goddesses like Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Barbra Streisand are set to go under the hammer.

Monroe`s iconic white dress from `The Seven Year Itch` and Charlie Chaplin`s bowler hat from `The Tramp` and Julie Andrews` clothes from `The Sound of Music` are among 3,500
items to be auctioned off from a collection owned by Debbie Reynolds, reported a website.

Streisand`s sleeveless gold velvet gown from `Hello, Dolly`, thought to be the most expensive dress ever made for a movie, is also expected to attract a great deal of interest
from buyers at the June 18 auction in Beverly Hills along with Hepburn`s Ascot dress from `My Fair Lady`.

`Singin in the Rain` star Debbie, the daughter of actress Carrie Fisher, has amassed an incredible array of movie memorabilia over 50 years but decided to sell off her
treasures after a deal to house them in a museum fell through.

"I`m heartbroken. I don`t want to see the collection broken up. It should stay intact. It`s a real shame but that`s the way it`s going to be," she said.

The collection will go on view to the public in Beverly Hills in early June.