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Posts Tagged ‘Audrey Hepburn’

Marilyn Monroe Dress Sells at Auction for $4.6 Million

The white silk dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch sold for $4.6 million over the weekend, setting a record for movie memorabilia. And that isn’t including an additional one million for commission fees. The buyer of the iconic dress bid over the phone and remains unidentified, but there’s one thing we know for sure – we’re jealous as hell.

Monroe’s dress was one of hundreds of items from of Hollywood’s history that actress Debbie Reynolds had been collecting for decades, in the hopes of someday opening a Hollywood memorabilia museum. But that plan fell through, and Reynolds sold off her collection this past Saturday at an auction in Beverly Hills.

Other notable auction sales include Judy Garland’s dress from The Wizard of Oz for $910,000, and the ruby slippers for $510,000, and Audrey Hepburn’s ascot dress from My Fair Lady for $3.7 million. A full list of sales from the auction can be viewed here.

Previously on FBLA: Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Seven Year Itch Dress Up For Sale

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LA Author Still Dissecting Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Because the subject matter is Audrey Hepburn, there really is no end to the shelf life of a 2010 book about one of the actress’ most beloved movies, 1961′s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Author Sam Wasson visits Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts tonight for a chat and screening of the movie, in connection with his tome Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.

Wasson has also written a book about Tiffany’s director Blake Edwards called, memorably, Splurch in the Kisser. But in advance of tonight’s Texas apperance, it is film critic Joe Leydon who shares the Audrey Hepburn anecdote of the week. It happened in Florida in the early 90s, where Leydon, while chatting at a film festival soiree with a Newsweek reporter, suddenly noticed the movie goddess searching for a light.

I immediately take my leave of the Newsweek scribe, rush over to a nearby bar and implore the bartender for a book of matches. I toss him a tip and I race over to the Hollywood icon who’s jonesing for a nicotine rush.

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Critic Collects Movie Stars on Bikes

This past Thanksgiving, Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic Steven Rea launched a whimsical blog at Tumblr. Titled “Rides a Bike,” it honors those halcyon days when movie stars rode around Hollywood backlots on bicycles.

Many of the photos depict timeless pairings, such as Audrey Hepburn with her dog Mr. Famous or Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth riding tandem. There’s also the somewhat incongruous two-wheeled taming of men of action like Sean Connery and Steve McQueen.

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