Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink satin gown from the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sequence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and an incredible collection from The Wizard of Oz will highlight Profiles in History’s $3 Million Dollar Hollywood Auction 40, June 10-12, 2010. The gown was worn by Marilyn as the gold-digging “Lorelei Lee” in one of cinema’s most memorable song and dance sequences as she performed “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and is estimated to sell for between $150,000-$250,000. (Complete description below).

Among The Wizard of Oz items is Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch of the West” hat which is estimated to sell between $100,000-$150,000.  The Orville Goldner Production Art Archive and Biplane Filming miniature from King Kong, $120,000-150,000, the most important archive representing the genesis of King Kong will also be offered. Also included is an extensive collection of Elvis Presley clothing, jewelry and personal effects, including his stage used guitar he gave to Norman Taurog (who directed Elvis in numerous films) $60,000-80,000.  Also being offered is an unprecedented collection of stop-motion puppets and props from Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas. In addition, from the collection of Academy Award-nominated Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz are Darth Vader’s light saber $60,000-$80,000, Princess Leia’s blaster $20,000-$30,000 and Yoda’s hero cane $12,000-$15,000-all three from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.  Over 1500 lots of memorabilia from film, television and music will be offered.

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Additional highlights from this massive summer auction include Johnny Depp’s signature scissorhand gloves from Edward Scissorhands $15,000-20,000 and a “Jack Sparrow” jacket from Pirates of the Caribbean $8,000-12,000; Julie Andrews’ signature “Mary Poppins” carpet bag from Mary Poppins $10,000-12,000; Fess Parker’s iconic coon skin cap from Daniel Boone $10,000-12,000; Clayton Moore’s trademark “Lone Ranger” mask with gloves from The Lone Ranger $12,000-15,000; Marilyn Monroe test footprints and signature set in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre $30,000-50,000; an original screen-used “Jeannie” bottle from I Dream of Jeannie $15,000-20,000; Michael Jackson’s handwritten signed lyrics to “Beat It,” $4,000-6,000; Steve McQueen rifle from The Magnificent Seven $12,000-15,000; Bruce Lee’s signature “Kato” hat from The Green Hornet $12,000-15,000; an H.R. Giger hero screen-used Alien creature head from Alien $40,000-50,000; a screen-used animatronic Predator mask and costume from Predator 2 $55,000-75,000; Wayland Flowers’ original Madame puppet with fainting couch $25,000-30,000; a hero Colonial Warrior helmet from Battlestar Galactica $8,000-12,000; a Michael Keaton’s Batsuit from Batman Returns $30,000-50,000; a hero illuminating laser rifle from the original Lost in Space TV series $25,000-30,000; a production made X-Wing Fighter filming miniature from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope $60,000-80,000; a production made Y-Wing Fighter filming miniature from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope $40,000-60,000 and Harrison Ford’s personal script for Raiders of the Lost Ark with over 1,300 words penned by Ford $50,000-70,000.

Star Trek fans will be bidding on over 300 lots of Trekkie memorabilia, including an original “Balok” Puppet Head from Star Trek: The Original Series $20,000-30,000; Walter Koenig’s “Pavel Chekov” Starfleet tunic and pants from Star Trek: The Original Series $8,000-10,000; a Jem’Hadar Warship Model from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine $6,000-8,000; William Shatner’s “Admiral Kirk” costume from Star Trek: The Motion Picture $4,000-6,000 and LeVar Burton’s “Geordi La Forge” VISOR from Star Trek: Generations $4,000-6,000.

In addition to this auction, Profiles in History’s upcoming events include the highly anticipated auction of the props, costumes and set pieces from ABC’s LOST television series later this summer.

* Prices are auction estimates

About Profiles in History:

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia. Their auctions include costumes, props and set pieces from both vintage and contemporary film, television, and rock ‘n roll. Profiles in History’s location in Calabasas Hills, CA- virtually a stone’s throw away from every major Hollywood studio – ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.

Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); a King Kong six-sheet movie poster ($345,000); the Command Chair from the “U.S.S. Enterprise” ($304,750); the original “Robot” from Lost in Space ($264,500); Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber ($240,000), the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet ($192,000); George Reeves’ Superman costume from The Adventures of Superman ($126,500); the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from Alien ($126,500); a full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500), the Leaping Alien Warrior figure from Aliens ($126,500), Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman’ costume from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), C-3PO’s helmet ($120,000),  The Wizard of Oz ‘Winkie’ Guard Costume ($115,000); a “Ming the Merciless” cape from Flash Gordon ($115,000) and the Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II ($115,000).

Complete description of Marilyn Monroe dress:
Marilyn Monroe iconic pink satin gown from the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sequence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  (TCF, 1953)  This pink satin gown was worn by Marilyn Monroe as the gold-digging “Lorelei Lee” in one of cinema’s most memorable song and dance sequences as she performed “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”.  This Travilla-designed pink silk taffeta strapless gown features black satin lining with oversized bow attached at back.  Features integral brassier with rear zipper closure (concealed with bow overlay) and interior Fox cleaning tag.  Also comes with the original pair of screen-worn opera-length tubes worn over Marilyn’s arms (gloves are shown for display only) and pink taffeta belt with “M. Monroe A-698 1-27-3-7953” written on the inner leather lining.  Originally designed to be a two-piece garment, this lot features an additional bonus having the original top made for this dress (featuring interior bias label handwritten “1-27-3-7971 M. Monroe A 698-74”) that was not used in the production.  This design was discarded due to the top and skirt separating when Marilyn raised her arms during the number.  The gown exhibits slight toning in areas, common in silk garments from this era; otherwise in fine condition.  The leather backing on the belt is cracked and missing in areas and silk exhibits fraying on edges.  Marilyn’s public appearance dress worn at President John F. Kennedy’s birthday tribute sold at auction in 1999 for an astounding $1,267,500.00.  This remains as the single most important screen-worn gown in film history to ever reach the auction block.    Indeed, Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” performance has reached such an iconic status that several notorious entertainers have copied it-right down to the pink strapless gown!

Auction estimate: $150,000-$250,000

Author: Suzanne Philips
Film, TV, Theatre reviewer. Mad Dance Skillz, Crazy in a good way.


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