Debbie Reynolds Auctions of Hollywood Memorabilia

The Auction Part One - Saturday June 18th, 2011

Debbie Reynolds Auction almost 23 million in sales

I just got back to my hotel at 1:45 a.m. after attending the unbelievable, once in a lifetime, Debbie Reynolds Collection auction held by Profiles in History at The Paley Center for Media.

Excited fans both of Debbie Reynolds and the Hollywood history she archived over 40 years started lining up to get in the Paley Center at 8:30 am !

The line went around the corner of the Paley and the few last minute bidders hurried to register to try to get a seat in the packed auction.

There were two floors of bidders live, as well as phone bidders and internet bidder from around the world vying for a part of Miss Reynolds historic collection of costumes, props, and artwork from Hollywood most beloved films.

The auction broke records in the amount sold for any memorabilia auction of it’s kind with approximately $22.8 million dollars in sales.

One of the highlights of the event was the heartfelt greeting Debbie gave to auction attendees which Movie Prop Collectors was able to document.

The famed Marilyn Monroe white subway dress from The Seven Year Itch sold for an astounding $4.6 million dollars, and that was not including the additional 20% bidders premium !


The Auction Part Two - Saturday December 3rd, 2011

Debbie Reynolds Auction Part 2 hammers 2.55 million, breaks records with Star Wars camera

I attended the Profiles in History Debbie Reynolds Auction Part 2 yesterday and there were many highlights among the 415 lots up for auction.

The auction hammered $2,554,800 million dollars for the 378 lots sold, not including buyers premium (bp). With 20% bp, the auction total was $3,065,760.00.

Debbie Reynolds greeted the auction crowd and both of Miss Reynolds children, Todd & Carrie Fisher, attended the event.

The camera George Lucas shot Star Wars on sold for a record breaking $520,000 ($639,600 with BP).

Highlights of the auction were:

Lot#219: Marilyn Monroe light aqua suit from Niagara. Estimates : 80,000.00 – 120,000.00. Sold for 210,000.00 + 48,300.00 x 1 = 258,300.00

Lot#221: Marilyn Monroe aubergine grey evening dress and Bolero Jacket by Travilla for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Estimates: 100,000.00 – 200,000.00. Sold for 260,000.00 + 59,800.00 x 1 = 319,800.00

Lot#266: Marilyn Monroe “Cherie” iconic green and black sequined loetard designed by Travilla for Bus Stop. Estimates : 200,000.00 – 300,000.00. Sold for 230,000.00 + 52,900.00 x 1 = 282,900.00

Lot#282: Marilyn Monroe strapless pale green silk Empire gown with Rhinestone trim from Let’s Make Love. Estimates : 400.00 – 600.00. Sold for 1,000.00 + 230.00 x 1 = 1,230.00

Lot#331: Star Wars Panavision PSR 35MM motion picture camera used by George Lucas in Star Wars. Estimates : 100,000.00 – 200,000.00. Sold for 520,000.00 + 119,600.00 x 1 = 639,600.00


The Auction Finale - May 17th & 18th, 2014 

This massive two-day sale on Saturday, May 17 and  Sunday, May 18, 2014 featured over 800 lots from Debbie Reynolds’ legendary Hollywood collection covering the dawn of film on through Hollywood’s golden age and beyond.

Gracing the archived pages at 'Profiles in History' you will find treasures from virtually every discipline in movie making, including hundreds of costumes worn by such stars as Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred Astaire and Orson Welles.

Browse the Catalog in flipbook style and also discover the prices realized.