Marilyn Monroe’s Subway Dress Sells For a Record $4.6 Million

20 Jun

Private Bidder Scoops up Iconic Dress

Even though the movie was filmed over 50 years ago, most people can easily identify the scene in The Seven Year Itch where Marilyn Monroe’s halter dress rises above her knees as she stands on a drafty subway grate and remarks, “Isn’t it delicious?”

Far exceeding its estimate, the iconic pleated ivory dress sold for $4.6 million at a weekend auction of Hollywood costumes.

The dress, designed by William Travilla, was part of an extensive collection of costumes and pieces of film memorabilia sold by actress Debbie
Reynolds in Beverly Hills. When the gavel sounded and the winning price of $4.6 million was announced (after 20 minutes of dramatic bidding), the legendary actress burst into tears.

Monroe’s red-sequined dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes also sold above its estimate for $1.2 million. The collection also featured costumes worn by other Hollywood stars including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Natalie Wood.

If you haven’t caught the movie, here’s the memorable scene.


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