Debbie Reynolds’ Movie Costume Collection

Posted on June 18, 2011

Darlings, today’s the day Hollywood history goes on the auction block. Legendary performer Debbie Reynolds has amassed over the  last 50 years a legendary collection of over 3,500 items of film memorabilia and she’s decided it’s time to let it all go. We’d always heard about her collection, but when the catalog became available, we were shocked both at how extensive a collection it is, and how well-preserved most of the pieces are. We’ll not give any away; just scroll down. If you’re any kind of film buff, you’ll gasp at some point.

“My lifetime dream has been to assemble and preserve the history of the Hollywood film industry. Hollywood has been an enormous part of my life as I know it has been for countless fans all over the world. This collection represents a lifetime of collecting Hollywood artifacts and this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Hollywood History for those who love the movies as much as I do.”

You can read more about it here and if you’ve got the bucks to spare, you can bid online here. But like most of us, you’ll probably have to be content to just scroll down and have your memories flooded. We hope Debbie makes a fortune on this. She deserves it for preserving such an amazing chunk of cultural history. It’s such a shame she could never get that museum idea of hers to work. Seeing all these in one space would be amazing.

 

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    • Anonymous

      I saw some of her collection on the Syfy show “Hollywood Treasure” (they’re the ones that are holding the auction, I believe)…it was amazing what she had!

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        thanks, I just TiVoed it.  Is there some reason this show is on SyFy?  I don’t get the connection.

        • lilibetp

          Maybe because a lot of the things sold in film auctions are from sci-fi movies like Star Wars? 

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

      Hopefully some/most of this will end up in fab film museum exhibits!

      • Anonymous

        OH EM GEE. I totally agree. I would LOVE to see some of these!!
        I gasped aloud at the My Fair Lady Dress and then kept on gasping.

        • Anonymous

          I scoffed at TLo’s you will gasp line and then sure enough also gasped aloud at the My Fair Lady Ascot dress.  Amazing.  So sad this collection can’t stay together, someplace where people can see it all together.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

            And I gasped at the Marilyn Monroe Dress. And the fact that she owned something Lucille Ball wore. If I was a millionaire my house would be riddled with stuff like this.

      • Anonymous

        Yes! It is totally bizarre that she wasn’t able to get her museum up and running. With all the money out there in Hollywood, there should be enough to have financed a museum – especially since Debbie Reynolds already had all the exhibit material – all that was needed was the place.

        It would be a tragedy for all these pieces to go into private collections.–GothamTomato

        • Anonymous

          Oh, yeah, that’s a great dress. I love the one from The Swan, too. 
          You know what gave me the chills, though? The Rudolph Valentino. Talk about old Hollywood!!!

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU, TLo. I’m having heart palpitations. It’s especially amazing to see the black and white ones in “living color”!

      • Anonymous

        You beat me to it, that was my first thought. Classic films, magnificently designed gowns, breathtaking colors I would not have imagined.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

      I think my favorite are the “Dance of the Seven Veils” dress worn by Rita Hayworth in Salome and Barbra’s golden Helly Dolly! dress, I fell in love with that Hello Dolly! dress when I first saw it.

      Also, the Audrey Hepburn My Fair Lady Ascot dress is just classic. These really should be in a museum and visible to the public, not distributed among private collectors.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        The Ascot dress got my first gasp of the page!

        • Anonymous

          My first gasp, too.  

      • Anonymous

        The gold Hello, Dolly dress is my favorite. Definitely gasp worthy. Also, those shoes!

        It is a shame these items will be scattered about.

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        I know it was a typo, but “Helly Dolly!” sounds like something fun to see. :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      Holy Crap, Batman!  I think the only one I didn’t gasp at was Fanny Brice’s roller skating costume!  I do feel a little sad, though, when I think of what an amazing museum these would have made.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I’ll admit – I gasped at Valentino’s matador costume from Blood and Sand and teared up at Marilyn’s subway grating dress from The Seven Year Itch.  If only I had the money to spare to preserve a wee bit of silent/classic Hollywood myself.

      Oooh – and Happy Birthday Tom!

    • Anonymous

      Oh.MY!  Stunning collection.  I am suddenly quite sad that this won’t be housed together in one museum because, yes, seeing them all together would be magnificent.  Just seeing the photos is breath-taking.  I agree with Brooklyn Bomber that seeing the B&W film costumes in color is wow, just WOW!  Especially Valentino’s “Blood and Sand” one.  Off to check out the catalog….

      • http://twitter.com/draghnfly Kathy Gustafson

        My thoughts exactly. These things should be together and available for movie fans to see.

    • Anonymous

      Have to say thank you again. I’m having such an emotional reaction to seeing these.
      And, may I say, Debbie Reynolds is one smart cookie? The fine print says she bought the entire lot of Marilyn Monroe’s costumes from 20th Century Fox. And the subway grate dress is expected to pull in between $1 – 2 million!Birthday? Do I hear birthday? Wishing you the happiest. xo

    • Anonymous

      I die, I swoon, I shudder!!!  Thinking about all these film treasures being locked away in private collections makes me want to cry more than just a little.

    • Vic Seipke

      This actually made me tear up a little. What an amazing collection. It brings back so many memories of my childhood. Thank you for posting this, guys!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Wow.  So amazing!

    • Terence Ng

      Oh. My. God.  I actually gasped when I saw that she had the flesh-tone outfit from Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils.    I-I need to sit down.  OMG.

    • Vic Seipke

      Going back to look at everything again. Stunning! Oh, and Happy Birthday, Tom! : )

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely amazing! I had no idea of the depth and breadth of this collection. My mind has been sufficiently blown. I’d love to have seen this all housed in a museum.

    • Anonymous

      Major film buff right here. Particularly the 30s-early to mid 60s. They’re just all so amazing. The one that made me gasp first was Audrey’s My Fair Lady outfit which has always been one of my favorites. Times like these make me wish so much that I had loads of money to spend on anything I want.

    • Anne Slovin

      Oh WOW.  I had a moment when I saw that Funny Girl dress!

    • Anonymous

      Speechless. These deserve a home of their own and I *hate* the idea of them being sold off piecemeal. Speaking as someone who once tried to make ruby slippers. Quickly realized I would need to apprentice as a shoemaker in Italy first for, say, 30 years.

    • J Blank

      Let’s hope that the Smithsonian makes some bids. :P

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        I wouldn’t be surprised if some rich benefactor buys them something. Or lends them at the very least.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bethany-Roullett/100000413803142 Bethany Roullett

        I think the Smithsonian is the only place the Seven Year Itch dress belongs.  I really hope whoever wins it donates it or at least loans it for a VERY long time.

        • http://twitter.com/lbcubbison Laurie Cubbison

          I agree. The Smithsonian is the most appropriate place of all.

    • Cindy Claussen

      This is an amazing collection of lead character iconic costumes. I agree with the commenter jzzy55 that they need to stay as one collection. This is America’s national treasure.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Thanks for posting! I just downloaded the complete catalog PDF. Amazing. I hope that Ms Reynolds earns some serious coin so she can relax and enjoy a retirement.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I don’t think Debbie Reynolds will ever retire. She’s just to ebullient to settle down.

        • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

          While sequestered at a hospital last week, I read about the auction in People Magazine. Some bad business decisions have left her needing to work. Perhaps this way she can work as much as she wants to.

          • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

            Can’t take it with you!

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Happy birthday, Tom! What did you ask for for your birthday? A Ben-Hur costume for Lorenzo?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      i am dying from the awesomeness that is this collection.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3QUDQXBX2JPSDX742ID4ZMNCA Theresa

      It’s such a shame that she couldn’t get the funding to open her own museum.  I saw a lot of these pieces during a VIP tour I tagged along to some time in the mid-90s.  They really are stunning.  

    • Anonymous

      I hope these are bought as a lot. Maybe one of the LV Casinos? This collection would be quite the draw. Happy Birthday Tom!

      • Anonymous

        THe MGM Grand would be the ideal place, even if the pictures weren’t all MGM productions.

        • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

          I missed the news a few years back that the Disney MGM Studios theme park name changed to “Disney Hollywood Studios”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602493177 Lily Pad

      hey i like how the marilyn subway dress is almost exactly like michelle obama’s tom ford dress from recent uk trip. the tom ford dress.

    • Anonymous

      I’m dying! Not a loser in the lot!

    • Emily Giovanni

      Wow! I really wish this was all amassed in a museum. 

    • Anonymous

      I hope it goes to a museum (or several museums). What a wonderful bunch of memories. They deserve to be treasured and conserved and SEEN!

    • Anonymous

      She really does have some of THE most iconic outfits from Hollywood History. I want the ascot dress. I agree with those who’ve said that it would be great if they could be amassed in a museum.

    • Anonymous

      Gasp!  This is fabulous!  I, too, hope a smart museum snaps this up, preserves it forever, and publishes a catalog.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Jesus H.
      Oh, and you guys sure know how to build suspense. I gasped when I saw what you saved for last!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

      Wow. I love Debbie, and so much more so now!

    • http://twitter.com/rmcgrudiva RL McGruder

      Wow.  Just…wow!

    • Anonymous

      well it was obvious from the thumbnail that this collection was a stunner b/c if debbie had nothing else, she had dorothy’s dress ~ a massive accomplishment in and of itself.  but i also gasped at the “my fair lady” and “funny girl” costumes simply b/c they’re so perfectly kept.  wowza to say the least.

    • Beth G

      This post literally gave me chills.  Oh if I had money I’d be all over those Meet Me In St. Louis dresses, and the Sound of Music.

    • Anonymous

      Wow. Just, wow!

    • Anonymous

      Wow. She really does have an amazing collection. I wish the museum idea had worked out too because I would love to see all of these in person.

    • Anonymous

      Download the PDF of the catalog. You won’t be sorry. It’s a real treasure trove. Thank you so much for posting this.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      OMG, I swear I want Grace Kelly’s rose crepe two piece outfit!  Never mind, I can’t fit into it.

      Makes you realize how much the actor really makes these clothes stand out.  If I had seen the Cleopatra one, and some of the others, first, I would’ve thought they were blah.

    • Beth G

      I just downloaded the catalog PDF and I’m DYING…. the Santa Suit from Miracle on 34th Street??????  I feel like the Smithsonian should be buying this whole thing!!!

    • http://aimeewrites.com AimeeWrites

      Oh. My Goodness!!!

      I adore Debbie Reynolds.Two of my three favorite gowns EVER – (Ascot, and Hello Dolly).  It would be complete with Rosemary Clooney’s “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me” gown from “White Christmas.”  Then again, I haven’t looked through the complete catalog, so maybe she does…Oh, if I were only independently wealthy!

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        Oh no you didn’t.  Did you just make me dig out my White Christmas DVD in JUNE?! :)

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      What treasures! I would like the My Fair Lady dress.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Having downloaded and looked through the whole catalogue (thanks for the link boys!) I would seriously consider bidding on Paul Henreid’s dress shirt from Now Voyager and anything worn by Gene Kelly – especially the sailor suit with the dixie cup cap!

    • Anonymous

      Oh my god. I think I almost gave myself lockjaw looking at these. My mouth kept gaping wider and wider at each amazing piece. I can’t believe how many iconic costumes she has. What a fucking collection!! A museum would have been fabulous. I really hope these go to good homes. I’ll have to look at the whole catalog later.

    • Anonymous

      KITTENS, you have to download the free catalog. It will provide enjoyment for ages to come. Incredible collection. I echo, such a shame these could not have been the genesis of a museum.

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        How nice for us that was provided for free!  I have no money to buy something like this now.  I paid around $75 for the Christie’s Marilyn Monroe catalog back in 1999 and I’m really glad I did. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-McGowan-Boock/100000648788645 Kathleen McGowan Boock

      what an incredible collection!  i read somewhere that this was going up for auction…. it makes me really sad that these are not staying together – they really belong in a museum where everyone can enjoy them rather than in the hands of private collectors. apparently that  was the original plan but she couldn’t get it together so now they are going, going, soon to be gone to the highest bidder…. thank you so much tlo for posting this.  —sigh—

    • Anonymous

      It is tragic that these aren’t going to a museum. What an amazing collection.

    • Anonymous

      I saw some of these on Oprah during the Debbie/Carrie Fisher ep (which is a really interesting ep if you can find it)  Debbie said she was selling it all because she wanted to be able to cut down on the work and enjoy her golden years. Would love to have that Cleoptra headdress! Thanks for posting all the pics and Happy Birthday Tom!!

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        If I had heard this was going to be on Oprah I would have made an exception and watched it.  What a crazy trio of personalities that is!  I wonder if any of these went to Oprah?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

      Absolutely OMFG stunning! This should be a museum collection. If Debbie was really smart she’d charge 50-100 bucks a head and watch the crowds pour in.

    • http://profiles.google.com/darkphoenix54 Laurie Brown

      That breaks my heart that the collection is being broken up instead of being put into a museum. Thank you for posting all those pictures!

    • http://profiles.google.com/cbueno.sanders Carla Bueno-Sanders

      …I was doing insincere little “oh would you look at that” gasps until I got to National Velvet. Then my eyes popped out of my head, and I would really appreciate it if somebody would help me find them. 

    • http://twitter.com/mollynoodles Molly Harrington

      These costumes are truly breathtaking! I did gasp aloud more than a few times. It’s sad that they’ll all get split up. It would be great if they went in a museum somewhere, some kind of costume exhibition. I would love it! These deserve to be on display for the public to marvel at. 

    • margaret meyers

      If you are interested in costume design the catalog is a course of study all by itself, and you can download a pdf for free at the link.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, the pdf catalog is a banquet of awesomeness!  I downloaded it the other day and haven’t gotten a damn thing done around here since . . . . (oh, Debbie!) 

        • margaret meyers

          It just took me 90 minutes to scroll through it.

    • Anonymous

      Amazing! Thank you TLo for sharing. Can you imagine seeing this up close and personal? It would be overwhelming. Wow.

    • Anonymous

      Wow.  Just Wow.  Thank you SO much for posting this!

      My first gasp was actually the To Catch a Thief ensemble!  I’m a huge Hitch AND Grace fan, so no one had to identify that one for me!
      Hubby and I have often said that we wondered what happened to the Ascot dress…now we know.
      Kudos to Debbie for preserving these incredible pieces of history.

    • Anonymous

      I just gave myself eyestrain and lockjaw and I’m all emotional and now I have to go lie down. I love you guys billions of hearts.

      • Anonymous

        Just so, my dear . . . Smelling salts for all!

    • Anonymous

      This is really sad that this collection will be broken up and sold to private bidders. So American of us – I wish a museum would bid on some of these pieces. Maybe the Met? I know they do bid on pieces at auction, I have been at a couple of auctions where they sent a bidder. Fingers crossed. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh. My. God.

      That’s all I got. This is amazing.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      last i looked, the seven year itch dress already had a million dollar bid.

      the whole collection really should have been a museum. it’s very very sad that it’s being broken into separate lots.

    • Anonymous

      Amazing stuff.  Mary Astor talks about her Meet Me in St. Louis dress in one of her autobiographies–just the pain-staking work in it and the fact that it actually weighed 40 pounds with hat and undergarments.  

      It’s interesting how muted some of the colors are–how much was lighting and subtle shades becoming vibrant under the right lights.  And those b&w ones turning out to be things like gold lame . . .

      Thanks, TLo, I’m off to download the catalogue.  

    • Rand Ortega

      5 minutes of *GASP*’s & OMG’s! Hollywood heaven. I’m totally obsessed w/ Burton & Taylor & Cleopatra so those costumes would be encased in glass in my living room if I could afford them. I’d love to get the backstory how Ms. Reynolds discovered & collected these treasures. Did she have studio wardrobe dept’s on the 50′s/60′s equivalent of speed dial to alert her when the studio was unloading? Hope all the pieces go somewhere they’ll be lovingly cared for the way Ms. Reynolds did & displayed so they can be enjoyed by an adoring public.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        i was a little kid @ the time {i live in LA, my father worked in the industry}, but i think it was mostly one very public auction.

        • Rand Ortega

          OMG, {edi}, you’re positively bril! Here’s a site that proves you correct: http://www.hollywoodgoldenguy.com/1970_MGM_Auction.

          The site even mentions how most of the pieces @ that particular auction were purchased by Ms. Reynolds & now she has to sell them to settle a museum bankruptcy issue.

    • http://aris-tgd.dreamwidth.org/ Aris Merquoni

      It took me until seeing this post to realize that some of this might wind up near my house–a video rental place called Movie Madness has a collection and showcase museum alongside the videos to rent. If you’re in Portland, OR, you might be able to see some of this!

    • Lies L.

      My God, but these are beautiful. How I wish I had the money!

    • Anonymous

      Now I know what I’d answer if asked what i’d do if I won the lottery. Until now my answers were pretty boring. But this collection – all of it – I would totally buy and build a museum to showcase.

      my personal ‘gasp’ came at the first Sound of Music dress. I can’t believe she has 3 of the dresses from that film.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking about that purple dress from Funny Girl not too long ago. This collection is beyond amazing.

      Dorothy Gale! Eliza Doolittle! Oh my goodness!

    • Anonymous

      I also cannot believe she had the iconic Marilyn dresses from GPB and TSYI. I really gasped out loud.

      And Cleopatra’s headdress is just butta!

    • Anonymous

      wow. thanks for sharing.  would love to have the funny girl costume.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      Amazingly, it was the Charlton Heston Ben-Hur costume that made me finally say “oh my gosh.” Thanks for linking this, guys!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583342965 Melody Sellers

      Wowzer!

    • Anonymous

      Un. Fucking. Believable. It breaks my heart that she couldn’t make the museum idea happen. I hope there’s some kind of control factor in place to make sure these go to the right people, not just the people with the most cash.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      I couldn’t bear to part with all that. I wish she’d given it to the Smithsonian. But I guess we all have bills to pay.

    • MilaXX

      It is a shame the museum never happened. I recall hearing her speak quite a few times on chat shows about wanting to open one. These costumes are gorgeous to look at.

    • Anonymous

      gasp? You’re joking, right? I alternated between mumbling and exclaiming “oh my god, oh my god OH MY GOD” all the way through.

      Colbert’s Cleopatra, OMG.

      It is so amazing to see the detail, even just in photographs.

      Not the most beautiful, but my favorite of these has to be Striesand’s Fanny Brice costume. I don’t know why, but I suspect because the grape clusters make me smile.

      Thank-you for putting these up.

    • Anonymous

      gasp? You’re joking, right? I alternated between mumbling and exclaiming “oh my god, oh my god OH MY GOD” all the way through.

      Colbert’s Cleopatra, OMG.

      It is so amazing to see the detail, even just in photographs.

      Not the most beautiful, but my favorite of these has to be Striesand’s Fanny Brice costume. I don’t know why, but I suspect because the grape clusters make me smile.

      Thank-you for putting these up.

    • Anonymous

      gasp? You’re joking, right? I alternated between mumbling and exclaiming “oh my god, oh my god OH MY GOD” all the way through.

      Colbert’s Cleopatra, OMG.

      It is so amazing to see the detail, even just in photographs.

      Not the most beautiful, but my favorite of these has to be Striesand’s Fanny Brice costume. I don’t know why, but I suspect because the grape clusters make me smile.

      Thank-you for putting these up.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

      wow. amazing. and to quote indiana jones, “it belongs in a museum!”

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s a shame these couldn’t be maintained as a museum collection, but I’m not that surprised. The resources required to preserve textiles are bad enough, but when a collection is maintained for display, the conflict between preservation and access is an ongoing debate. It really would take a fortune to house, maintain, curate and display such a collection and there are plenty of reasonable points of disagreement involved that could make doing something cooperatively among private parties difficult.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I just went through the entire catalog and was impressed by how much she collected from Cleopatra–the film which basically ended the marriage of Debbie’s ex-husband, Eddie Fisher, to Liz Taylor. Hmm, I wonder how much she enjoyed that spectacle (I am old enough to remember).  Seriously, though, the catalogue is very moving. The proposed museum would have been fantastic.  I hope the new owners can afford to keep the clothes in their beautiful condition.

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        Seems like she was just waiting until Liz passed away before trotting all this out – she had a lot of her stuff!

    • Anonymous

      The Santa suit from Miracle on 34th Street! Marilyn Monroe’s Subway Dress! The original Ruby slippers! OMG!!! So sad that all of this won’t be in one place anymore.

    • Anonymous

      BTW, Happy Birthday Tom!

    • p. clementine

      Oh my goooooooooooood. All the people bidding should just come together and pay for a museum instead.

    • Anonymous

      The white MM dress just sold for $4,600,000!! Yes, I have been geekily watching the bidding live online!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barbara-Angopa/100001309313788 Barbara Angopa

      It’s a shame the collection has to be broken up.
       

    • Anonymous

      Just as a note to all — This is just the first auction of about 700 items.  There will be several more as they liquidate the entire collection.   I think the T-Lo post mentioned there were 3500 pieces.  Supposedly these are the creme-de-la-creme of the collection, but imagine what other treasures we are waiting to see.  I was blown away when I downloaded the catalog the other day.  So many memories 

    • Crystal Thomas

      The Smithsonian Museum of American History! The public needs to be able to see such treasures up close and personal. I hope some buyers donate or at least loan them out for display in their National Treasures of Popular Culture exhibit. It would be a travesty for them to be hidden away again. I am in no way biased by the fact that I live 1.5 hrs away. 
      (on a side note: very much looking forward to Shelly O’s addition to their First Lady’s wing.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637520850 Madison Chua

      I would grab that iconic “My Fair Lady” at the Ascot outfit by Cecil Beaton. And if I have any money left, the Streisand “Hello Dollly” gold extravaganza. So many goodies, not enough money. ‘sigh’

    • Glen Coleson

      As far as I’m concerned, the Wizard of Oz, and Seven Year Itch pieces belong in the Smithsonian. Hopefully the curator sees this auction. I would love to be able to see the actual ruby slippers in person someday.

      • margaret meyers

        I wonder how many museums were bidding, or how many donors were.  I could see a movie-loving donor wanting many of these things in public collections.

      • Lisa

        I completely agree – but according to a lot of books about the filming of “The Wizard of Oz”, there were many pairs of ruby slippers, some worn by Judy’s stand ins.  A lot of them that changed hands weren’t ones that Judy wore – you could tell which were hers because her feet were SO tiny, I think I read hers were a size 4 or 5.  I’m sure the ones that Debbie Reynolds has are legit – but my point is that even if some wound up in the Smithsonian, it would take a lot of searching to find the actual ones that Judy Garland her self wore.

    • Anonymous

      According to some news reports, a lot of the famous pieces (7 year itch dress, wizard of oz) were bought by private foreign collectors instead of museums:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jun/19/marilyn-monroe-dress-debbie-reynolds
      http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2011/06/19/debbie_reynolds_auction_breaks_up_historic_hollywood_collection/

      • Anonymous

        Which is not a surprise.

      • Anonymous

        Which is a disgrace. But our museums cannot compete with the money of the Sharks of Commerce and Corporations, so these dresses will never be seen again. Sigh.

    • Lisa

      What an amazing collection!  Although, I have to agree with a lot of the posters here, these belong in a museum, not scattered around with different collectors.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      The My Fair Lady Dress alone would be fantastic, but the Cleopatra headdress, the Hello Dolly stuff, and of course the Marilyn Monroe…OMG.  Amazing.

    • http://contemporarycontempt.wordpress.com/ Rachel

      For those seeking a museum-type place with these types of artifacts, look no further than Movie Madness in Portland.

    • aimee_parrott

      Wow — that is just amazing!

    • http://profiles.google.com/amandack Amanda Kelly

      I went to Debbie Reynolds’ casino museum and show when I was in junior high and it was amazing.  I was a little too young to know all the movies, but I could still feel the amazing sense of history.  She’d put together entire sets with the costumes so you were really immersed in the movies.  Plus, Debbie was there!  I wish it had lasted, but we knew when we went that it wouldn’t…terrible location, and no one was there.  I’m really sad Debbie couldn’t make it work.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      What makes the collection even more amazing is the condition that these are all in.  Wow.

    • Anonymous

      Unbelievable!

    • Lenora Dody

      Wow, just wow!! I liked the little bit of information about how she acquired Marilyn Monroe’s costumes. I would love to find out more about how she acquired these pieces. I’d be especially interested to hear about the Cleopatra costumes since that movie is when karma came back around and bit Eddie in the ass.

    • Anonymous

      Many gasps from this seat!  I knew thatshe had a lot of stuff, but all of these costumes in such marvelous condition!!  *sigh*

    • Joyce VG

      Seriously?!  This is an amazing collection.  Wow.

    • Anonymous

      Who knows what she spent over the years to acquire and maintain that collection, but most of the items went for more than their estimated price (some by a multiple of ten or more) , so I’m guessing she did make a fortune.  With taxes and fees, the Seven Year Itch dress went for $5.6 million, the Ascot dress for $4.6 million, the red sequined Monroe dress and the Dorothy dress for more than $1 million each.  And I don’t think that Dorothy dress is even in the movie.  (It’s from the first two weeks of filming Oz, and none of that footage of Garland is actually in the film.  I looked at some of the production stills online, and it’s definitely not the same blouse, and I don’t think it’s the same dress.)  Wow!  Good for Debbie!  If I’d had the money, I would have bid on one of Debbie’s dresses and maybe Gene Kelly’s shoes from Singin’ in the Rain — one of my all-time favorites (along with Wizard of Oz and Star Wars).

    • Anonymous

      Good lord!

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      I almost started weeping when I saw the “Hello, Dolly!” title scene dress.

      I watched that movie over and over and over again when I was a kid,
      but that dress…*that* dress took my breath away every damn time.

      God, I wish I had $80,000.