(Judy Garland's "Dorothy" dress from The Wizard of Oz, which will be auctioned off soon; Images: Wikipedia)
The world's largest collection of movie costumes, props and other Hollywood memorabilia is being auctioned off in a series of sales beginning June 18, according to the dealer Profiles in History. The first previews occur this weekend at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
The collection was amassed over the years by actress Debbie Reynolds.
"I heard the news that MGM was going to sell their inventory of costumes and props," says Reynolds in a press release, on how she started collecting. "I went everyday for weeks and focused on purchasing the costumes and props of Academy Award winning films. It soon turned into an obsession. Until now! I've concluded that my dream of having a museum cannot be fulfilled, so I have decided to share my fabulous collection with other collectors."
The collection includes some of the most iconic items in motion picture history, such as costumes and props from Academy Award winning films like "Gone With the Wind," "Ben Hur," "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music" and "Casablanca."
Garments designed by Travilla, Travis Banton and Edith Head - some of the industry's most renowned costume designers - were worn by film icons Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, Richard Burton and more.
The massive "Debbie Reynolds Collection" will be auctioned off in two separate series. The entire collection contains over 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, original costume sketches and hundreds of key props from film history.
Reynolds and Profiles in History highlight the following, which will be featured in the June series:
1. "Gone With the Wind" (MGM, 1939) the famous green-velvet "drapery" dress hat with bird adornment, worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O' Hara.
2. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (20th Century-Fox, 1953) Marilyn Monroe costume worn as Lorelei Lee: signature red sequin dress from "Just Two Little Girls from Little Rock" opening musical number, designed by Travilla.