Gene Kelly's Singin' in the Rain suit to beat $20,000 at Heritage?

On December 6 in Dallas, Heritage Auctions will sell the suit that Gene Kelly wore while splashing around in Singin' in the Rain, as part of the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction.

Gene Kelly Singing in the Rain suit
Kelly's scene is an iconic moment. People are often familiar with the sequence despite not having seen the film

The suit still bears the water marks from Kelly's iconic musical number as Don Lockwood. Originally acquired at the now-famous 1970 MGM auction, it is valued at more than $20,000.

The consignor is a retired postal worker and collector named Gerald Sola, who saw an advertisement for MGM's sale of props and memorabilia and immediately bought a catalogue.

"I had the best time of my whole life. In fact, if there was one thing I could do over again from my life, it would be that, just because it was so much fun. It was like dying and going to heaven," Sola told Art Daily.

Gene Kelly suit Singin in the Rain
The suit was bought for just $10 at the now-legendary MGM auction in 1970

"I took it off the rack and looked at it. I noticed right away that there were water stains in the jacket. I knew right away what it was from so I bought it."

The jacket is labelled "Metro-Goldwyn-May/Gene Kelly/No. 1546-8565" inside and cost Sola just $10. As Heritage Auctions states, he "now stands to make get a return on that investment a few thousand times over".

Also featuring in the sale is a signed copy of the Beatles' Please Please Me, and Elvis' acoustic guitar.

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