LOS ANGELES – JULY 3, 2013 – The most comprehensive collection of signature costumes from The Sound of Music will be going up for auction later this month.  Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is thrilled to announce that these iconic costumes worn by Julie Andrews and the “Von Trapp” children, will be on the auction block at their Hollywood auction on July 29th.  The Sound of Music is the most successful movie musical in history which spawned some of the most beloved songs in the American songbook, including “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on 17”, and “My Favorite Things.”
Julie Andrews signature “Maria” dress worn when she sings “Do-Re-Mi” to the Von Trapp children. This signature costume was worn by Julie Andrews when she took the children on a day trip and they sang the popular “Do-Re-Mi” number. Consisting of a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with wheat-colored homespun blouse. The costume features 20th Century-Fox bias labels in internal collar and waistband.
.Set of all (7) Von Trapp Children “Drapery” costumes. Frustrated by the rigid rules and conditions imposed by Capt.Von Trapp concerning the care of his children, Julie Andrews as “Maria” takes it upon herself to liven up their lives by fashioning these bright and fun uniforms from the draperies in her room. Including: (1) Debbie Turner “Marta” jumper and matching shorts, both with internal 20th Century-Fox bias labels handwritten, “D. Turner” (1) Duane Chase “Kurt” button down shirt with three quarter length sleeves. Fox dry cleaning tag and Western Costume bias label present (1) Angela Cartwright “Brigitta” sleeveless dress with bib lapel and Western Costume bias label handwritten “SOM” (Sound of Music) (1) Nicholas Hammond “Friedrich” cloth lederhosen-style outfit with straps. Internal Western costume bias label typed “Nicholas Hammond chg. #4” (1) Heather Menzies“Louisa”sleeveless dress with green ties at the hip with Western Costume internal bias labels hand written “Louisa SOM” (1) CharmianCarr “Liesl” dress with short puff, princess sleeves and Western Costume internal bias label handwritten “Charmine (sic) Farnon” (birth name); “SOM” is handwritten along back internal zipper closure (1) Kim Karath “Gretl” jumper with suspenders and Western Costume internal bias label handwritten ““K.Karath” accompanied by a yellow vintage Saks Fifth Ave. brand round-collared polo shirt.Additional items include: Julie Andrews “Maria” yellow wool skirt and blouse from her honeymoon return with purple wool cape from escape and final sequence; Set of all (7) Von Trapp Children’s school uniforms; Duane Chase “Kurt” jacket and vest from the “So Long, Farewell” sequence; Angela Cartwright “Brigitta” costume from the “Do-Re-Mi” montage and dress from the wedding sequence; set of (3) Charmian Carr “Liesel” costumes worn in “Edelweiss,” “So Long, Farewell” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” sequences.  Without question, this is the most comprehensive collection of signature costumes from The Sound of Music any institution or collector could ever hope too obtain.  Included with the following costumes is a 4-page typewritten story of the Von Trapp family signed by Maria Von Trapp, explaining the origins of the singing family and events leading to their eventual escape from Third Reich-controlled Austria. (From the collection of Chris Christian) The importance of this collection cannot be overstated and is estimated to sell for between$800,000 – $1,200,000..

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, 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. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); 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 and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit