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Marilyn Monroe in There is no company like show business

Outfits worn by Marilyn Monroe, in some of her most famous films, are among the items that go under the hammer at a Hollywood auction – and some can raise more than £ 60,000.

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The Hollywood star, who died of drug overdose in 1962 at the age of 36, was one of the most popular actresses of the 1950s thanks to films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch.

The auction, with clothing worn by Monroe in these films, will take place in Beverly Hills in November, while the outfits will be on display at the Mayfair Hotel in London from next month.

Highlights are a red sequined dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, as well as a cocktail dress that was thought to have been worn for a different blockbuster during a press conference.

Marilyn Monroe in There is no company like show business

the outfit she was wearing for sale in November

the outfit she was wearing for sale in November

Marilyn Monroe in There No Business Like Show Business (left) and the outfit she wore for sale in November (right)

Marilyn in the yellow dress in River Of No Return
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Marilyn in the yellow dress in River Of No Return

Outfits, including those worn by Marilyn Monroe, in some of her most famous films, are among the items that go under the hammer at an auction

Outfits, including those worn by Marilyn Monroe, in some of her most famous films, are among the items that go under the hammer at an auction

Outfits worn by Marilyn Monroe, in some of her most famous films, are among the items that go under the hammer at an auction. Marilyn in River Of No Return (left) and the dress being auctioned

The musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes from 1953 is best remembered for Monroe & # 39; s portrayal of gold digging Lorelei Lee, who confirmed her status as a sex symbol.

The floor-length, red silk sequined dress worn at the start of the film is one of the items offered for sale and, along with its matching headdress, has an estimated price of £ 50,000 to £ 66,000.

Another famous outfit is the three-part ensemble worn by Monroe in the 1955 musical comedy There No Business Like Showbusiness.

The dress consists of a black silk bandeau top decorated with sequins, a black skirt with a floral print on the floor and an extra large straw hat painted white with orange silk flowers. It also has an estimated price between £ 50,000 and £ 66,000.

Marilyn wore the red dress at Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953
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Marilyn wore the red dress at Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953

The red dress with sequins comes into action in November

The red dress with sequins comes into action in November

The four outfits will be on display at the Mayfair Hotel in London from September 18 to October 21 for a final exhibition and auction at the offices of Julien & # 39; s Auction in Beverly Hills. In particular the red dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953 (left) and the red dress, which has sequins, comes into action in November (right)

The floor-length, red silk sequined dress worn at the start of the film is one of the items offered for sale and, along with the matching headdress, has an estimated price of £ 50,000 to £ 66,000

The floor-length, red silk sequined dress worn at the start of the film is one of the items offered for sale and, along with the matching headdress, has an estimated price of £ 50,000 to £ 66,000

The floor-length, red silk sequined dress worn at the start of the film is one of the items offered for sale and, along with the matching headdress, has an estimated price of £ 50,000 to £ 66,000

Another famous outfit is the three-part ensemble worn by Monroe in the 1955 musical comedy There No Business Like Showbusiness
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Another famous outfit is the three-part ensemble worn by Monroe in the 1955 musical comedy There No Business Like Showbusiness

Another famous outfit is the three-part ensemble worn by Monroe in the 1955 musical comedy There No Business Like Showbusiness

A sketch of the costume by fashion designer William Travilla is also available, with a target price from £ 2500.

Fans also get the chance to bid on a dress worn by Monroe in the Western River Of No Return from 1954, starring Robert Mitchum.

The yellow silk floor-length dress, worn during the last scene in which she sings the theme song of the film, was once owned by the actress Debbie Reynolds.

A black silk cocktail dress to the knee, presumably the one that Monroe wore during a press conference in 1958 for the film Some Like It Hot, has an estimated price between £ 16,000 and £ 33,000
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A black silk cocktail dress to the knee, presumably the one that Monroe wore during a press conference in 1958 for the film Some Like It Hot, has an estimated price between £ 16,000 and £ 33,000

A black silk cocktail dress to the knee, presumably the one that Monroe wore during a press conference in 1958 for the film Some Like It Hot, has an estimated price between £ 16,000 and £ 33,000

The label of the black cocktail dress that the star wore during a press conference for the film Some Like It Hot

The label of the black cocktail dress that the star wore during a press conference for the film Some Like It Hot

The label of the black cocktail dress that the star wore during a press conference for the film Some Like It Hot

The cocktail dress has an estimated price of £ 16,000 to £ 33,000 - it is one of the 115 items for sale

The cocktail dress has an estimated price of £ 16,000 to £ 33,000 - it is one of the 115 items for sale

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The cocktail dress has an estimated price of £ 16,000 to £ 33,000 – it is one of the 115 items for sale

A black silk cocktail dress to the knee, presumably the one that Monroe wore during a press conference in 1958 for the movie Some Like It Hot, has an estimated price of £ 16,000 to £ 33,000. In total there are 115 items under the hammer.

Other highlights include a gold and black bathing suit worn by Monroe in the 1951 comedy Let & # 39; s Make It Legal, with an estimate of between £ 8,000 and £ 17,000, a graceful chair used by the star in her last photo shoot in July 1962 (£ 6,600 and £ 8,300) and issued a check to her acting coach for $ 60.

Everything is sold without reserve, which according to the organizers is unusual for an auction of this size.

Fans also get the chance to bid on a dress worn by Monroe in the Western River Of No Return from 1954, starring Robert Mitchum

Fans also get the chance to bid on a dress worn by Monroe in the Western River Of No Return from 1954, starring Robert Mitchum

Fans also get the chance to bid on a dress worn by Monroe in the Western River Of No Return from 1954, starring Robert Mitchum

The yellow silk floor-length dress worn during the last scenes of the film River of no Return, in which she sings the theme song of the film, was once owned by the actress Debbie Reynolds

The yellow silk floor-length dress worn during the last scenes of the film River of no Return, in which she sings the theme song of the film, was once owned by the actress Debbie Reynolds

The yellow silk floor-length dress worn during the last scenes of the film River of no Return, in which she sings the theme song of the film, was once owned by the actress Debbie Reynolds

The suit has two bows on the back and fringe details on the yellow and orange dress

The suit has two bows on the back and fringe details on the yellow and orange dress

The suit has two bows on the back and fringe details on the yellow and orange dress

A photo of the inside of the dress shows the detail of the River of No Return costume
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A photo of the inside of the dress shows the detail of the River of No Return costume

A photo of the inside of the dress shows the detail of the River of No Return costume

The four outfits will be on display at the Mayfair Hotel in London from September 18 to October 21 for a final exhibition and auction at the offices of Julien & # 39; s Auction in Beverly Hills.

Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien & # 39; s auctions, said: & # 39; This collection of the most iconic Marilyn Monroe costumes worn by the screen legend in some of her most acclaimed and glowing film shows, will not only excite her millions of fans, but curators and collectors interested in it own and preserve these museum-worthy pieces from the Golden Age of Hollywood history and fashion. & # 39;

The Legendary Women Of Hollywood auction takes place for two days, starting on November 1 at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills.

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