Monroe's dress is a collector's best friend for £213,000

It's a price that Marilyn Monroe's gold-digging character, Lorelei Lee, in 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes would have gone crazy for...

Monroe's iconic "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" dress from that very role sold for an incredible £213,000 at Profiles in History's Los Angeles film memorabilia auction last week (June 10-12).

The gown sold for well above its £170,000 estimated pre-sale value; starring among 1,500 lots for sale in one of the largest memorabilia auctions ever to have been held in Hollywood.

Monroe performing 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'

Other highlights included the Wicked Witch of the West hat worn by Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz, sold for £137,420.

The face of the monster "Balok" which famously appeared in the closing credits of the original Star Trek series from 1966-69, doubled its estimate to bring £48,000.

Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp also made a couple of appearances. His Jack Sparrow jacket, as worn in Pirates of the Caribbean, brought £12,367; while the 'scissor hands' as featured in the Tim Burton-directed Edward Scissorhands sold for £18,885.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the market, collectors with an interest in Marilyn Monroe memorabilia have an opportunity to own one of her most itimate item of clothing...


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