20 Jun '11, 4am

Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress sells for US$4.6 million

Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress sells for US$4.6 million

LOS ANGELES: The legendary white dress seen billowing under Marilyn Monroe in an iconic image of 1950s Hollywood has sold at auction for US$4.6 million, shattering estimates. The dress, worn by the star in the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch," had been expected to fetch between US$1 - US$2 million. But the sale on Saturday, part of a collection of Hollywood memorabilia held by actress Debbie Reynolds, saw Monroe's "subway" dress -- now cream coloured from age -- sold for US$4.6 million (or US$5,520,000, with added fees). The entire sale, which included other Monroe garbs, was valued at US$22.8 million, Nancy Seltzer, a spokeswoman for auction house Profiles in History, told AFP in an email. Signed by the American designer William Travilla, the pleated ivory dress contributed in part to Monroe's enduring image as a 20th Century sex symbol. It was the highest value feature of...

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