Video of the week

Material Girl became a Top Five hit for Madonna in 1985, just as the previous single from her album, its title track Like a Virgin, was exiting the Top 10.

The single's music video, directed by Mary Lambert, features Madonna mimicking another star who regularly appears on Paul Fraser Collectibles: Marilyn Monroe.

The video is a based on Monroe's performance of Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

After making the video, Madonna said she never wanted to be compared to Monroe - despite posing as the Hollywood icon on numerous occasions, most notably in a photo shoot for a 1991 issue of Vanity Fair.

Nevertheless, the video remains one of the most iconic moments of Madonna's career.

The dress she wore in it is today regarded as the single most important Madonna outfit, and is among the most important costumes of the '80s pop era.

Recently, the very dress that you can see in the above video has emerged on the collectors' market.

This unique, historic and one-of-a-kind item is now available for you to buy at £65,000 ($107,250).

Material Girl was nominated for best female video at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards.

It was while shooting the video that she met her first husband, the Hollywood actor Sean Penn.


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