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Thursday 17 April 2014

Singin' in the Rain suit at auction

The grey wool suit Gene Kelly wore in the movie Singin' in the Rain is displayed at Heritage Auctions in Dallas (AP)

The grey wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he joyously danced in a downpour in the Hollywood musical Singin' in the Rain is going up for auction.

The suit is expected to sell for more than 20,000 US dollars (£12,229) when Heritage Auctions offers it up on Friday in Dallas.

Memorabilia collector Gerry Sola has had the suit for more than four decades. He bought it for 10 US dollars (£6) at a 1970 sale of MGM props and wardrobe items.

Mr Sola, a retired postal worker, had travelled from his home in northern California to Los Angeles for the sale.

It progressed from an auction to a garage sale of sorts with racks of clothing for sale.

Mr Sola was sorting through the racks when he found the suit from the famous scene in the 1952 musical.

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