Some of the dresses worn by world’s most beautiful women have been sold lately. Last week saw the auction of Princess Diana’s famous black engagement dress that was sold far over the estimate. This week was Marilyn Monroe’s chance to strengthen her icon status. Her famous pink gown that she wore to sing the song ‘Diamond’s Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ from the movie ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ was sold for a whopping $319,000.
The pink satin strapless gown features black satin lining with oversized bow attached at the back, integral brazier with rear zipper closure, pink taffeta belt with “M. Monroe A-698 1-27-3-7953 written on the inner leather lining. The otherwise in fine condition gown, shows a slight toning in areas common in silk garments from that era. Also the leather backing on the belt is cracked and missing in areas and silk exhibits fraying on edges.
Auctioned as a part of the ‘Profiles in History Auction’ featuring Hollywood memorabilia, the size 14 gown beat its expected price in one of Hollywood’s largest auctions.
The auction sold various other items as Wicked Witch of the West hat worn by Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz, bottomless magic carpet bag worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, Johnny Depp’s famous scissors from Edward Scissorhands and his Pirates of the Caribbean jacket.