I Just Paid $13,530 For Some Rags

OR…Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Memorobilia Auction

Well, I didn’t pay that kind of money. But somebody did.

When movie star Debbie Reynolds abandoned her long-time dream of having a museum to showcase the history of Hollywood, the treasures which she had been accumulating for decades, went to the auction block. A good portion of the nearly 600 lots sold for significantly more than their high estimate.

Charlton Heston’s robe from Planet of the Apes (1968) went for $13,530 (all prices include buyers premium). Yes it is the costume Heston’s character Taylor wears during much of the film, but it really is a rag isn’t it? There were fantastic costumes that were available and I suppose if you wanted to own movie history and you had a budget to adhere to, this raggy robe was as good as anything. I’d like to see the new owner actually wear it. In public.

Apparently a lot of Hollywood movie maniacs wanted a piece of Hollywood history and were willing to shell out top dollar at the Debbie Reynolds auction on June 18, 2011.

News sources focused on the main highlight of the auction results, which was Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress from The Seven Year Itch selling for a staggering sum of $5.6 million dollars, the highest price ever paid at auction for any Hollywood-related wardrobe piece.

Here are some other prices that were attained at the auction that I thought were interesting:


Harpo Marx’s hat and wig from the early Marx Brothers films – $55,350


Julie Andrews guitar (autographed) from The Sound of Music – $172,200


Judy Garland’s wardrobe test dress as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz – $1,119,300

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