Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress auctioned for $4.6M

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Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress auctioned for $4.6M

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The Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted revealingly with a gust of New York subway air in “The Seven Year Itch’’ fetched $4.6 million at an auction of film memorabilia.

A more sedate outfit worn by Audrey Hepburn in the Ascot race scene of “My Fair Lady’’ drew a $3.7 million bid at the sale of nearly 600 Hollywood costumes and props collected by film star Debbie Reynolds.

The buyers, who were not identified, also paid a sum to the auction house and other fees, according to auction publicity firm Nancy Seltzer & Associates. That brought the total price to more than $5.6 million for the Monroe costume and $4.5 million for the black-and-white gown worn by Hepburn.

The auction house, Profiles in History, was calculating the sale’s final tally Monday.

In filmmaker Billy Wilder’s “The Seven Year Itch,’’ Monroe’s character cooled off by standing over a subway grate to catch the breeze as a train sped underneath - which sent her dress north and exposed a shocking amount of leg and undergarment for a 1955 movie.


AP
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