Final Debbie Reynolds auction marks the end of landmark collection


The final auction of movie memorabilia from the Debbie Reynolds Collection will be held by Profiles in History on May 17-18.

Vivien Leigh Scarlett O Hara hat
The hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind

The actress' collection was first brought to auction in 2011, with its staggering contents setting numerous records for movie memorabilia, including the $5.6m sale of Marilyn Monroe's famous subway dress from The Seven Year Itch.

Many of the best items from the collection have already been sold, though the May auction is peppered with highlights, such as a hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, and Harpo Marx's signature top hat and wig, which was acquired directly from him.

Harpo Marx hat
Another Harpo hat appeared at the 2011 Debbie Reynolds auction, selling for $45,000

From Debbie Reynolds' own career is a rare three sheet poster from Singin' in the Rain (1952), which is considered one of the most attractive posters from a Hollywood musical, and is an extremely desirable collector's item.

"We are excited to produce our third and final auction for Debbie Reynolds, who spent most of her lifetime amassing the single greatest Hollywood collection in the world," said Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History.

"Her first two sales generated a world record $25 million so it's nice to see the market appreciate the time and energy Debbie devoted to her collection."

Reynolds was among those present at the 1970 MGM auction, a landmark in movie memorabilia collecting history, in which the studio sold off many of its costumes at incredibly low prices.

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