Saturday 3 December 2016

Reynolds sells off Hollywood relics

Published 17/06/2011 | 08:09

Debbie Reynolds looks up at the dress she wore for the Good Mornin' sequence in the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain
Debbie Reynolds looks up at the dress she wore for the Good Mornin' sequence in the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain

Film star Debbie Reynolds is selling off her collection of memorabilia associated with some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

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Reynolds herself is Tinseltown royalty. She was a teenage charmer opposite Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain, earned an Oscar nomination for her gutsy character in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and, at 79, is going strong as a nightclub and theatre performer.

On Saturday Reynolds will demonstrate her flair with an auction of film memorabilia she has gathered over four decades and which includes costumes evoking some of filmdom's greatest stars and roles.

Among them: The Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted with a subway gust in The Seven Year Itch, Audrey Hepburn's stunning black-and-white Ascot race scene gown designed by Cecil Beaton for My Fair Lady, and Elizabeth Taylor's pint-sized race togs from National Velvet and towering headdress from Cleopatra.

"I consider myself a fan. I'm a fan who was lucky enough to be among stars, so I collected them," Reynolds said during an auction preview at the Paley Centre for Media.

Profiles in History, the auction house, estimates the nearly 600 items could bring up to 10 million US dollars in the sale that will also be conducted online. More of Reynolds' treasure trove is to be sold in December.

Taylor, who died in March, is among the best-represented stars in Reynolds' collection - an irony, since Reynolds became the victim in one of Hollywood's most famous love triangles when singer Eddie Fisher divorced her for Taylor.

Other pieces up for grabs include costumes worn by Yul Brynner in The King and I, Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina and Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty, along with props such as a guitar used by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

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