Other Marilyn Monroe memorabilia went up for auction, including a dress the actress wore in “There’s No Business Like Show Business” that fetched over $200,000.
The “Hollywood Legends” auction, produced by California-based Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies, also garnered big bids for a rare “Star Wars” helmet, “Harry Potter” items and Superman’s cape, but she also offered more mundane items such as Tony Curtis’ personal reading glasses.
Besides the “Show Business” dress with the highest bid of $218,750, there were several other Monroe items, including a sequined suit from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, a pink blouse from “Let’s Make Love”, correspondence personal, medical receipts, and a handwritten poem on Beverly Hills Hotel stationery that cost $8,960.
The final bids were lower than the nearly $5 million Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment paid for Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” ensemble in 2016. That dress resurfaced this year when Kim Kardashian l modeled at the Met Gala in May. , which was followed by accusations of damage to the historic dress. Ripley is renowned for this claim, and her outfit is currently on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Hollywood, CA.
Still, the “Show Business” dress fetched more than double the pre-auction estimate.
“This year, Julien’s Hollywood memorabilia event marked one of our largest and most prestigious auctions to date with over 1,700 pieces of Hollywood history sold, depicting legends from Hollywood such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, James Garner, as well as original props from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel Studios and the DC Universe,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director and Director financier of Julien’s Auctions, in a press release.
Although the four-day event focused on film, film production and their stars, there was at least one theme park item: a concession cart used at Walt Disney World in 1971, the year of the opening of the complex.
“The cream-colored cart opens at the top and features a front steering bar to turn the wheels, as well as a canopy,” reads Julien’s catalog. It sold for $2,240.
Disney’s Marvel franchise has caught the eye. A Captain America shield made for Chris Evans and 2012’s “The Avengers” sold for $200,000, and a propeller hammer from 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World” fetched $52,200.
Bidding for a helmet from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” ended at $192,000.
“The helmet would have been one of six original Sandtrooper helmets made for the hit 1977 film,” the auction house wrote.
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Ewan McGregor’s dueling lightsaber prop for “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” cost $38,400.
On the “Harry Potter” front, a 2001 Nimbus broomstick prop designed for Draco Malfoy (played by Tom Felton) and other characters from 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” sold for $76,800 . A props acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a ‘nearly intact’ wax seal seen in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ brought in $10,240.
DC Comics was represented by a “Superman III” cape worn by Christopher Reeve (sold for $51,200) and “Batman Forever” suits for Val Kilmer and Chris O’Donnell, which went for $32,000 each.
The auction included many items related to actor James Garner and William Hanna of Hanna-Barbera and “The Flintstones” fame.
Curtis’ reading glasses, among the most common offerings, sold for $384.
The public can browse Julien’s auctions at julienslive.com.
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