Former film star Debbie Reynolds has spent the last few decades quietly amassing an enormous collection of some of the most well-loved movie costumes of all time, from Marilyn Monroe's subway dress in The Seven-Year Itch to Dorothy's ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz.
Reynolds wanted to open a museum to showcase her collection, but those plans fell through -- and now she's auctioning off her entire collection, including Audrey Hepburn's iconic black-and-white gown from My Fair Lady.
But even if you're short on cash, you don't want to miss the PDF download of the 316-page auction catalog.
It's an engrossing read, and one any fashion fan or movie buff will LOVE.
Click through to see a few of the amazing photos from the catalog and find out where to get your free download.
How could anyone forget this dress from The Sound of Music? If I had the cash, I'd be tempted to buy it just so I could head to the Alps this summer and take a twirl in it myself!
And remember the curtain costumes that Maria made for the kids? Two of them are up for auction, too!
This is the waitress dress from Mildred Pierce, a film I watched only a few weeks ago that earned an Oscar for Joan Crawford. (Incidentally, Kate Winslet is playing Mildred Pierce in the remake.) WANT.
Remember Elizabeth Taylor's showy jockey outfit from National Velvet?
Or Harpo Marx's signature curls and top hat?
I'm loving seeing one of Greta Garbo's costumes from Camille in color for the first time!
Speaking of full color, check out Katherine Hepburn's costume from her role as Jo in Little Women.
There's so much more. You can download the PDF for the next few days at Profiles in History and trust me, it's worth it! I'm planning on uploading it to my Nook and reading it over the summer. It includes not only photos of thousands of costumes and personal items, but also narrative on where the costume came from and the history behind it. You can also get information on how to bid for these items yourself.
It actually devastates me that this collection won't go intact to a museum. I shudder to think of someone buying one of these costumes and not preserving it properly, so that we never see it again. I'm sort of hoping that this is some sort of publicity stunt to force a museum's hand in buying the entire collection.
A girl can dream, right?
Will you download the auction catalog?
Images via Profiles in History