Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Debbie Reynolds Auction Take 2!

Showbiz icon Debbie Reynolds is at it again, with her second auction of her astounding movie memorabilia collection of costumes, props, posters, pictures, and cameras of Hollywood's Golden Age. The auction is scheduled to take place on December 3rd.

Reynolds's original goal was to open a museum to house the Old Hollywood treasures. Even though she is a movie star herself, she is also a movie buff, and rescued a lot of her collection when MGM was going to simply throw away legendary items worn by stars like Clark Gable, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, and so on. She kept these iconic items safe for 40 years on her own, while trying to find a permanent place to display her collection. However, that plan never came to fruition, since she couldn't find a space or supporters of her project. Hence her first auction this past summer, which was a HUGE success, and should make anyone who rejected her idea of a museum ashamed and embarrassed. Clearly, powers-that-be had no idea of how valuable and well-loved costumes worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe (some of her costumes were auctioned off for over a million dollars) and Judy Garland are to the public. While it is tragic that these jewels of Hollywood are no longer being stored together in one collection, it's a comfort to know that real fans and the general public appreciate how much these items need to be remembered and lovingly cared for.

Anyway, I'm sure you're all wondering which beloved items are being auctioned off this time around! Well, my friends, for a complete list, go to the Profiles in History website, but here are a few of my personal favourites that will soon be in the hands of the "people."

1) Judy Garland's "Manuela" dress from The Pirate

Perhaps the fact that this is one of Judy's most underrated and under-appreciated films is the reason that this beautiful gown is expected to go for only $4000 at auction. However, I am 99% sure that a devoted Judy fan will snatch this up, and pay far more than $4000. The dress is still in amazing shape!

2) Vera-Ellen's costumes from Three Little Words and Words and Music

I've always thought that Vera-Ellen was at her most beautiful (and most beautifully costumed) in Three Little Words with leading man Fred Astaire. I truly hope a devoted Vera-Ellen fan will get their hands on her "Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home" outfit shown above, as well as another lovely gown from the same film. Also up for grabs: her Slaughter on 10th Avenue costume, which was her personal favourite dance routine. Gene Kelly was her wonderful partner and choreographer.

3) Rita Hayworth's black Affair in Trinidad gown

Rita returned to the screen after a three year absence with Affair in Trinidad. An attempt at
"redoing" her classic Gilda with a film-noir feel and with Glenn Ford as her leading man again, Rita wears this stunning black gown in the number, "I've Been Kissed Before," somewhat reminiscent of her iconic "Put the Blame on Mame" number from Gilda. The dress appears to be in stunning shape, and I'm sure it will go for big bucks at auction.

4) Marilyn Monroe's Let's Make Love gown

While certainly far from being her best film, I think Marilyn was extremely beautiful in this film, and what a stunner this gown is! One of the highest ticketed prices on the auction list, this and her Bus Stop leotard are sure to be the most popular at auction this time around.

Other personal favourites: gowns worn by Jennifer Jones from Love Letters and Love is a Many Splendored Thing, two beautiful dresses worn by a young Kim Novak in The Eddy Duchin Story, Jane Powell's quilt dress from the classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and outfits worn by Ava Gardner, Marge and Gower Champion, and Howard Keel in another classic musical, Show Boat.

I hope be live-tweeting the auction (I'm @judygenefan on twitter) on the day of the auction, eagerly awaiting how much these treasured items go for! I hope you'll be watching too! Profiles in History will probably have a live video feed from the auction room! Let's celebrate Debbie Reynolds and her amazing memorabilia collection together this Saturday!!


  1. I've never understood why The Pirate wasn't more loved. If I had money I'd be paying loads for that!

  2. I know! I adore The Pirate. It will totally go for more than $4000. It's a cult classic and more appreciated than ever these days. I wish I could afford it! Would be so amazing to own such an amazing piece of history.