Favorite Picks from Debbie Reynolds’ Costume Auction

In my fantasy world, I’m a wealthy costume collector who could start a Classic Hollywood Costume Museum.  Unfortunately, in real life I’m nothing of the kind, but luckily I can flip through a (digital) catalog and ooh and ahh over the historic costumes within.  Kind of like going through LEGO catalogs as a kid and picking out all the sets you were going to “buy.”

Here are some of my favorites from Debbie Reynolds’ finale auction, which I blogged about last week.

Dress worn by Katherine DeMille in "Romeo & Juliet" (1936). Designed by Adrian & Oliver Messel.

Dress worn by Katherine DeMille in “Romeo & Juliet” (1936). Designed by Adrian & Oliver Messel.

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Debbie Reynolds’ Final Auction

Kim Novak's green dress from "Picnic".  Source: Profiles in History

Kim Novak’s green dress from “Picnic”. Source: Profiles in History


Heads-up for all classic movie costume fans!

You might remember the two 2011 auctions of Debbie Reynolds’ massive movie costume and memorabilia collection.  Originally intended for exhibition, the collection has slowly been sold off piecemeal, to record-breaking sales numbers and the regret of many fans.

Profiles in History recently announced that their third and final auction of Debbie Reynolds’ collection will be held May 17 & 18, 2014, and the catalog is now available to view online (or to order, if you want a hard copy).  You can also download online catalogs for the first and second auctions from Profiles in History.

In-person auction previews will be held in North Hollywood, CA, with appointment-only previews April 29-May 8, and public previews May 9-16 – see the catalog for details.  For those in the area, past previews were a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of these historic costumes up close before being split up into different collections.

There’s lots of costume eye candy here (along with other items, such as photographs, lighting equipment, posters, and other memorabilia).  Once I finish going through the catalog, expect some posts highlighting some of my favorites.

Scarlett O'Hara's "Shanty Town" hat from "Gone With the Wind."  Source: Profiles in History

Scarlett O’Hara’s “Shanty Town” hat from “Gone With the Wind.” Source: Profiles in History