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VERED'S RECAP - Auction Flubs - Go Get'em Marilyn

A handout photograph made available by Profiles in History, shows Marilyn Monroe wearing the iconic pink satin gown in the Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend sequence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes that will highlight Profiles in History's auction on 10-12 June 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The gown was worn by Marilyn as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in one of cinema's most memorable song and dance sequences as she performed Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friends and it is:


Estimated at $150,000-$250,000.  SOLD FOR $319,000.


The unparalleled auction included numerous collections highlighted by; an incredible collection from The Wizard of Oz, an extensive collection of Elvis Presley clothing, jewelry and personal effects, an impressive collection of stop-motion puppets and props from Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas, a superior collection of Star Wars iconic props from the Academy Award-nominated Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz and an amazing collection of Star Trek tricorders, phasers, medical & engineering devices, alien weaponry and other "Trek" innovations.

Just to show how wrong an auction house can be with their estimates, Christies had a MARILYN auction October 1999:

Lots 1-150

Lot    Price    Description & Estimate

2    48,300    red high heels $6000
3    24,150    earrings $ 4000    
4    14,950    earrings $2000    
5    12,075    earclips $2000    
6    35,650    earrings $4000    
7    42,550    River of No Return jeans $30000 (T.Hilfiger)    
8    10,350    picture of Joe Dimaggio $4000    
9    37,950    Bible $4000 (Jim Pattison - Ripley's)    
9A    46,000    Prayer Book $4000(Gotta Have It Collectibles)    
10    772,500    Eternity Band $50 000    
11    32,200    Korea shoes $6000    
12    112,500    Korea dress? $50 000    
13    61,900    dress $20 000    
14    12,650    brooch $2000    
15    18,400    earrings $5000    
16    24,150    dress $20 000    
17    19,550    "the decisive moment" $5000    
18    74,000    dress(shown with Miller in pic) $50 000    
19    33,350    platform heels $6000    
20    21,850    floor lamp $4000    
21    662,500    white baby grand piano $15 000(Mariah Carey)    
22    145,500    Cecil Beaton Tryp. $20 000    
24    79,500    Ermine Coat $15 000    
25    46,000    Harem outfit $15 000    
26    51,750    Some Like It Hot script $8000    
27    57,500    Some Like It Hot photos $4000    
28    34,500    golden globe award $ 5000    
29    140,000    golden globe award $ 15000    
30    79,500    Let's Make Love dress $30 000    
31    55,200    Let's Make Love prompt book $15 000    
32    12,650    brooch $4000    
33    12,650    brooch $4000    
34    12,650    brooch $4000    
35    12,650    stole $4000    
36    39,100    ear clips $4000    
37    41,400    white fur stole $15 000    
38    107,000    evening sheath dress $30 000    
39    48,300    dress $20 000    
40    52,900    Let's Make love dress $20 000    
41    167,500    scarlett dress (red sitting) $20 000    
42    85,000    Misfit boots ? $6000 (T.Hilfiger)    
43    31,050    Misfits script $ 10 000    
44    28,750    Misfits prompt book $15 000    
45    72,900    misfits dress $30 000    
46    33,350    John Huston book $6000    
47    48,300    lighters $4000    
48    36,800    Something's got to give script $10 000    
49    25,300    Something's Got to Give script $10 000    
50    23,000    SGTG promptbook $15 000    
51    167,500    Mexican Cardigan $50 000 (Ripley's)    
52    184,000    Golden globe $15 000    
53    96,000    green sequin dress $50 000    
54    129,000    JFK invitation $15 000 (Laura Corn)    
55    1,267,500    Happy Birthday Dress (Gotta Have It Collectibles)    
100    10,350    dress form $1500    
101    10,350    dress $1500    
102    9,200    skirts $2500    
103    7,475    casual garments $2500    
104    9,200    accessories $1500    
105    11,500    scarves $1500    
106    5,750    belts $600    
107    9,200    gloves $600    
108    17,825    cocktail suit $ 2500    
109    8,625    dresses $2500    
110    6,900    jacket/pants $1500    
111    7,475    dresses $1500    
112    5,750    blouses $1500    
113    6,325    scarves $600    
114    7,475    belts $800    
115    7,475    pants $1500    
116    9,200    garments $2500    
117    5,175    evening dress $2500    
118    13,800    dress $2500    
119    5,175    dress $2500    
120    9,200    dress $2500    
121    39,100    eyeglasses $1500    
122    23,000    shoulder bag $800    
123    8,050    scarves $600    
124    9,200    belts $800    
125    9,775    garments $5000    
126    12,650    dresses $1500    
127    4,600    dress $1500    
128    63,000    six dresses $2500    
129    16,100    dress $6000    
130    20,700    dress $2500    
131    14,950    coats (2) $1500    
132    23,000    2 dresses $5000    
133    51,750    lace dress $8000    
134    14,950    accessories $2500    
135    6,900    scarves $600    
136    27,600    costume jewerly $6000    
137    12,650    handbags $1500    
138    48,300    silk dress $15000    
139    7,475    dress $2500    
140    5,750    pants $1500    
141    9,200    blouses $1500    
143    18,400    robe $1500    
144    9,200    dress $800    
145    12,650    shorts/shirt $800    
146    6,900    casual wear $800    
147    6,325    picnic basket $800    
148    4,600    hair bands $600    
149    7,475    scarves $600    
150    4,025    sandals $600    

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