Marilyn Monroe Gown Collection Fetch $8m at Auction

By Paul Joseph

A collection of outfits worn by Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe have sold for over $8 million at a Beverly Hills auction.

Among the items to go under the hammer were the black silk bandeau top, floral print floor-length skirt and over-sized straw hat that the star wore in the 1954 comedy There’s No Business Like Show Business, which fetched $280,000.

Other highlights included the red silk, long-sleeved sequined dress worn in the 1953 comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($250,000), the bright yellow, floor-length period gown from the 1954 drama River Of No Return ($175,000), and a black silk crepe cocktail dress worn for a 1958 press conference to promote the film Some Like It Hot ($100,000).

It wasn’t just clothing that went under the hammer at the Julien’s Auctions sale. Also featuring was  an Italian-style carved wood ornate corner chair used by Monroe in her final photoshoot in July 1962, which went for $80000.

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, famous for playing comedic blonde bombshell characters, leading to her becoming one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s.

By Paul Joseph