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Beverly Hills: Debbie Reynolds Costume Collection

It turns out that over the past 50 years, actress Debbie Reynolds has amassed some of the most iconic movie costumes and props of all time, with more than 3,500 items in her cache. On June 18, part of the Debbie Reynolds Collection will be auctioned at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, with public previews from June 10-12 and June 15-17. The items on the block are pure film history treasure: the Ascot number Audrey Hepburn donned at the horse races in My Fair Lady, the dress Maria von Trapp (played by Julie Andrews) made out of green and white drapes in The Sound of Music, Judy Garland's blue cotton dress and ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz and the bejeweled gold velvet sleeveless gown and headpiece Barbra Streisand wore in Hello, Dolly! . Another highlight is the white halter dress worn by Marilyn Monroe atop a subway vent in The Seven Year Itch, which is expected to go for no less than $1 million. The men's collection features Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly's navy sailor uniforms from Anchors Aweigh, the tunic and cape Charlton Heston sported in Ben-Hur's royal procession and Robert Duvall's olive-green "Lt. Col. Kilgore" combat coat from Apocalypse Now. More information at

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