Yeah! Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Seven Year Itch’ Dress is currently the most expensive item of clothing ever sold for a whopping $5.6 million at a Beverly Hills auction. The Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch was expected to go for $2 million.
The William Travilla dress with a plunging neckline and accordion pleats, which Marilyn wore in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, is regarded as an icon of film history. In the famous and history-making moment, Monroe’s curves oozed out of the billowing dress while standing above a subway grate; when a train passed underneath, wind from the grate blew the bottom of her skirt to her waist has been described as one of the iconic images of the 20th century.
The scene was shot in New York City on the corner of Lexington and 52nd Street, it took 14 shot to make it a legitimate one. The details for the scene was revealed in the public, and as a result, dozens of male photographers and thousands of spectators were present to catch a glimpse of Monroe’s long legs in heels. Underwear sightings rendered the scene a 1950s version of Girls Gone Wild, but being Monroe, she kept it classy while cooing and squealing under her co-star’s gaze. However, none of those shots were ultimately used in the movie, since the noise from the spectators rendered each one unusable.
As far as the dress goes, designer William Travilla didn’t think much of the white dress and once, himself called it “that silly little dress”. Nonetheless, the gown has been celebrated for generations, his costume sketch for the gown was sold for $50,000 after his death.
The famous frock was actually purchased by actress Debbie Reynolds in 1971 for just $200 and added it to her robust movie costume and prop collection. In June 2011, Debbie put around massive Hollywood History collection including Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Seven Year Itch’ Dress for auction accumulated over the past 50 years. The white cocktail dress was purchased for $5.6 million, the most money ever paid for a movie costume. The winning bid was made over the telephone, with the buyer has remained unidentified. The actual bidding for the dress was $4.6 million, with an additional $1 million commission fee was paid.