Ever dream of wearing the clothes that Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and John Wayne wore in your favorite movies? Well, guys and gals, here's your chance.
On June 18, Joe Maddalena's Profiles in History, a leading dealer in historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts, will put The Debbie Reynolds Collection up for auction at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Reynolds has been collecting props, costumes and movie memorabilia for more than 40 years; her collection now numbers some 3,500 items from the Golden Age of Cinema.
Up for bids: Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly's dark blue wool navy sailor uniforms with medals and caps from 'Anchors Aweigh,' three of Kelly's costumes from 'Singin' in the Rain,' Marilyn Monroe's "subway" dress from 'The Seven Year Itch,' Cary Grant's gray wool sport coat from Alfred Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief,' Audrey Hepburn's "Eliza Doolittle" ivory ribbon embroidery lace Ascot dress and hat from 'My Fair Lady,' Charlton Heston's "Judah Ben-Hur" tunic and cape from the royal procession in 'Ben-Hur' (as well as his primitive robe of rags from 'Planet of the Apes,' for those who want to be a bit more casual), Judy Garland's "Dorothy" original blue and white gingham test dress with puff-sleeved white blouse from the first two weeks of filming of 'The Wizard of Oz,' James Cagney's "George M. Cohan" clown outfit from 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' and much, much more. And you can top everything off with Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" hat.
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be open to the public for previews on June 4-5, June 8-12 and June 15-17, from 12PM to 5PM. The entire catalogue can be viewed online at www.profilesinhistory.com.