I was curious to attend the huge Debbie Reynolds Hollywood memorabilia auction yesterday, but it would have entailed flying in and landing the morning of, then hoping I'd get into the gallery, then flying back on the red-eye, all the while sacrificing a day I was spending with my family in Chicago.
Ultimately, I'm glad I didn't go, but (most) everything else went—and for big, big, record-breaking bucks.
I had a hunch the Marilyn Monroe subway dress from The Seven-Year Itch was dramatically undervalued with an estimate of $1 million to $2 million, and once earlier pieces like Rudolph Valentino's matador outfit from Blood and Sand started exceeding their estimates (it was estimated at $60K to $80K and went for $210K!), I knew it would be a memorable final bid. In the end, Marilyn's simple halter dress went for over $4 million. If that doesn't blow Debbie's skirt up, nothing will.
An interesting quote regarding the breaking up of Reynolds's collection:
"Hollywood may come to rue the day that the Reynolds collection was broken up and distributed around the world. Several of the buyers were from Saudi Arabia and Japan.
"Randy Habercamp of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who attended the auction but did not buy, said: 'Well it happened to the treasures of Greece. It happened to Italy. I guess now it's our turn.'"
Other highlights and points of interest for me (all prices are NOT INCLUDING the auctioneer's premium)...