Bus Stop
Let’s Make Love
Gentlemen Prefer

On June 18, 2011, the first auction of the legendary Debbie Reynolds Collection set numerous Guinness World Records with sales in excess of $22 Million Dollars.  Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the auction of the Debbie Reynolds Collection Part II on December 3 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.  Part II of the auction will feature four Marilyn Monroe costumes from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop, Niagara and Let’s Make Love. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more exciting highlights from Part II of the Debbie Reynolds Collection.  There will be over 430 lots in part II of the auction.

From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is Monroe’s “Lorelei Lee” aubergine gray evening dress and Bolero jacket by William Travilla. This elegant two-piece is accented by two aubergine satin trains flowing from the waist. Worn quite memorably by Miss Monroe for several scenes, from her clever efforts to remove Elliot Reid’s clothes in order to search them, to being stuck halfway through a porthole, requiring rescue by her youngest suitor Mr. Henry.  Estimated at $150,000 – $200,000.

Also designed by Travilla is the signature green and black-sequined brief showgirl leotard for Marilyn’s character “Cherie” in Bus Stop (pictured left). It is one of the most iconic and indelible looks   from her entire career, being a top choice for publicity images of Marilyn even to this very day. In it, she performs an intentionally naive version of “That Old Black Magic”, winning the heart of the handsome and rather eager cowboy played by Don Murray. This was to be the last of the great collaborations between Marilyn and her favorite costume designer, William Travilla. Estimated at $200,000 – $300,000.

From Niagara is the light aqua suit designed by Dorothy Jeakins for her character “Rose Loomis.”  This was a rather conservative look for Marilyn, which was deliberately chosen by her character as Joseph Cotten’s unfaithful wife, off to an illicit rendezvous with her lover under Niagara Falls. The indelible image of Marilyn’s hips swinging as she walks away in this form-fitted outfit is considered one of the great “sex in cinema” sequences released during the height of the censorship Production Code.  Estimated at $100,000 – $150,000.

Once again by Dorothy Jeakins is Marilyn’s “Amanda Dell” strapless pale green pleated silk Empire gown with rhinestone trim for Let’s Make Love (pictured right).  Designed to be unbearably sexy while still making it past the censors, it was worn for the title number, in which Marilyn offers herself upon a mid-century-modern stage of cross-rotating apartment flats, first to Frankie Vaughan, then Yves Montand in his fantasy. Estimated at $200,000 – $300,000.


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.  Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is 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); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Syfy’s hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in 2012.