The dress from one of Hollywood’s most iconic scenes has just become one of the most expensive pieces of fashion in history, selling for £2.8m at a costume auction. The ivory pleated dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch was sold to an unidentified bidder on the telephone in an LA auction, amongst other film memorabilia.
The dress from the famous skirt blowing scene was sold by fellow screen star Debbie Reynolds, who had collected various costumes from her time in showbiz, including more Marilyn Monroe dresses, Dorothy’s blue dress from The Wizard of Oz and a bowler hat worn by Charlie Chaplin. She started her collection when studios sold off or emptied their warehouses of unused costumes.
The ivory dress worn by Monroe from the 1955 film undoubtedly stole the show, taking around five times more than any other garment up for auction.