Marilyn Monroe Dress Rakes In Over $5 million
This past Saturday night a piece of history was auctioned off. Marilyn Monroe’s “subway” dress sold for more than $5.6 million dollars.
This dress of significant importance in film history adorned the personal collection of the famous Debbie Reynolds. This is apparently the first in what promises to be a massive and historic auction from items being that have been accumulated over the span of 50 plus years.
Marilyn Monroe, one of the most beautiful and curvaceous woman to ever grace the screen, wore this particular dress in the classic Billy Wilder film “The Seven Year Itch.”
This is also the same dress that many will remember as being worn in one of film’s first risqué scenes in which Monroe stood over sewer vent that blew her dress up. The scene is iconic and forever etched into the image of Hollywood at its most glorious.
There are a great many celebrity auctions going on right now. This Saturday, the iconic Thriller jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the most celebrated music video of all time. It’s expected to pull in as much as $400,000, a far cry less than Marilyn’s costumes that seem to pull in no less than a million dollars.
The previous record of a Monroe dress auction was $1.26 million in 1999. The dress was a sheer white and worn when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in May 1962.
Marilyn Monroe wore such dresses that showed a curvaceous woman with a little more “meat and potatoes” (my personal preference) than was standard of women in Hollywood of the time. In a world, where anything less than full-figured was acceptable, Monroe showed that it could be sexy and vivacious; she succeeded. It was sad that died being self-conscious about what makes her different and special in the world of Hollywood female stars.
I’ve always thought that these types of items should be donated to non-profits and made viewable to those who appreciate film history. It would truly give people a window to gaze through, a window that allows people to look back and see what true glamor and filmmaking really was. It is something that is largely absent from the likes of modern day filmmaking, and sadly its stars.