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Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Costumes Are up for Auction and They Are Gorgeous

Ra'eesah Manack
Aug 23, 2019
07:43 A.M.
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Julien’s Auctions' latest auction is th “Property from the Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe.” The event is set to happen in Beverly Hills and as well as live online at Julien’s on Friday, November 1st.

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The experts in contemporary and pop culture, Julien's Auctions is gearing up for their latest event. The auction house is well known for collaborating with the rich and famous.

Julien’s high profile auctions are legendary worldwide. Their most recent event will showcase some of the iconic costumes and outfits that were worn by the stunning Marilyn Monroe, born as Norma Jean Mortenson, at the peak of her popularity.

Actress Marilyn Monroe portrait | Getty Images

Actress Marilyn Monroe portrait | Getty Images

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The event is called "Our Property From The Life And Career Of Marilyn Monroe." The outfits are some of the costumes she wore during her most iconic roles and moments.

The entire collection that will be auctioned consists of 115 items. Everything from artifacts from her personal life to clothing. Three of the most iconic costumes on auction are the from the actresses biggest films.

Full Shot of the Historic Happy Birthday President Kennedy Dress Worn By Marilyn Monroe at "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" | Getty Images /  Global Images Ukraine

Full Shot of the Historic Happy Birthday President Kennedy Dress Worn By Marilyn Monroe at "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

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One of the movies that launched Monroe's career was "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in 1953. The musical comedy movie helped seal the star's fate as a Hollywood icon.

In the spectacular opening scene, Monroe and her co-star Jane Russell sing, "Two Little Girls from Little Rock." For the song, Monroe donned a now-iconic red costume that consisted of a matching dramatic red headdress.

Wax figure of actress Marilyn Monroe is displayed at Madame Tussauds | Getty Images

Wax figure of actress Marilyn Monroe is displayed at Madame Tussauds | Getty Images

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Another iconic costume that will be on sale is the extravagant three-piece showstopping outfit that was designed by the master couturier, William Travilla. Marilyn wore it in her film "There's No Business Like Show Business."

The ensemble was her outfit for the sexy "Heat Wave" song in the film. Besides the actual outfit, a gouache and pencil design sketch signed by Travilla will also be auctioned.

A woman dressed as Marilyn Monroe poses next to a Red Sequined gown | Getty Images

A woman dressed as Marilyn Monroe poses next to a Red Sequined gown | Getty Images

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The other big-ticket item on offer is from the movie "River of No Return." The dress on auction is the bright yellow silk period gown was worn by Monroe in the final scene of the movie where she sings the theme song of the movie.

“Marilyn is the ultimate Legendary Woman of Hollywood."

The outfit was originally designed by costumier Helen Rose. She actually designed it for Betty Grable in the 1943 film, Coney Island.

The auction will also feature Monroe's black silk crepe Henri Bendel cocktail dress. The dress with a plunging V neck and back resembles the dress she wore at the July 1958 press conference for her film, "Some Like It Hot."

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Fans speculate it might be the exact same dress. The website boasts that there will be a lot more on offer and that if fans are unable to attend the auction in Beverly Hills to bid in person be able to bid online.

The personal property of Marilyn Monroe auction at Christie's | Getty Images

The personal property of Marilyn Monroe auction at Christie's | Getty Images

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“Marilyn is the ultimate Legendary Woman of Hollywood, so it was easy to include her in this auction,” Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions said. “Julien’s has become the leader in the world of Hollywood and rock ’n' roll, and especially Marilyn Monroe, holding the world record of $4.81 million.”

 A nine-seat sofa commissioned by Michael Jackson for one of the sets of his "This Is It" concert series at Julien's | Getty Images

A nine-seat sofa commissioned by Michael Jackson for one of the sets of his "This Is It" concert series at Julien's | Getty Images

Julien's has also held auctions and sold iconic artifacts and notable collections including PELÉ, Mohammed Ali, Bette Midler, Joan Collins, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and many more.

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