A collection of Marilyn Monroe film costumes valued in the millions of dollars goes under the hammer later this year.

A private collector, David Gainsborough-Roberts, is auctioning the haul including the iconic cocktail dress worn by the film legend in “Some Like It Hot.”The collection includes Monroe’s costumes, personal gowns and clothing and jewellery, and is valued at some $3 million (£208708)

The Los Angeles-based auction house described it as “undoubtedly the most important Marilyn Monroe archive of combined professional and personal property to hit the collecting market in decades.   Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest and most endearing screen icons of our time,” said Darren Julien, the company’s founder and CEO.

David Gainsborough-Roberts has meticulously archived so many important aspects of Marilyn’s career and personal life.

Highlights include the sheer beaded cocktail dress Monroe wore as she sung “I’m Through With Love” atop a grand piano in “Some Like it Hot,”.

Released in 1959 and considered one of the greatest comedies ever, the film won Monroe a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Sugar Kane, one of her most famous roles.

The collection also features the elaborate costume she wore as she sang “After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It” in the 1953 comedy “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Monroe, one of the world’s most bankable stars before her death aged just 36 in Los Angeles in 1962, remains at the top of the list for collectors of celebrity memorabilia.

Five years ago, the billowing frock she wore on a subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch” that turned her into a screen icon sold for a record $5.5m.

“More than half a century after her death, the world remains fascinated by Marilyn Monroe’s beauty and talent,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.

There are also costumes from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Let’s Make Love,” and “The Misfits,” as well as a pair of rhinestone earrings worn by Monroe in “How To Marry A Millionaire.”

Additional highlights include evening gloves, jewellery, shoes, household items, and Monroe’s Detroit Free Press “New Faces Award” from 1952.

The collection will be exhibited on a worldwide tour prior to the November 19 auction in Los Angeles.

Marilyn Monroe: Property From The Collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts


Wednesday, May 25 – Monday, June 20th, 2016
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour
Lots Road
SW10 0XE

For the best in design and decoration, step into the glamorous world of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Described as ‘couture for the home’ it is well-established as the world’s premier destination for design excellence. More than a resource, it is a thriving platform, both creatively and commercially, for an exceptionally dynamic industry. Home to 105 showrooms and over 600 of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, it is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Saturday, June 25th – Monday, July 25th, 2016

Museum of Style Icons
Newbridge Silverware
Co. Kildare

The Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is a haven for style and cinema fans. It transports the visitor back to the Golden Era of Hollywood with garments worn by Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland and much more. Modern style icons also feature in the world class collection, such as Princess Diana, Victoria Beckham and The Kardashians. In addition to the textiles on display is a vast array of authentic paper memorabilia including film scripts, signed photographs and letters.

Departs New York August 9, 2016
Arrives Southampton August 16, 2016

Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 will host highlights from the Marilyn Monroe Collection during the seven-day August 9 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. The ship will have recently undergone a dramatic refit from May 27-June 21 which includes the redesign of the Princess and Queens Grill staterooms and restaurants, Balcony staterooms and several public lounge and dining venues. Aboard the newly remastered ship, guests will have the opportunity to view specially chosen items from the collection through a daily rotating display, as well as attend Q&A programs with Darren Julien, Martin Nolan and David Gainsborough-Roberts. In addition, guests will enjoy the exclusive opportunity to bid on select items in advance of the general auction in November.

More Exhibition Dates and Cities to Follow …

Julien’s Auctions
741 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90069

Monday, November 14th – Friday, November 18th, 2016
Daily 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
Free to the Public

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Session I: 10:00 a.m. PDT
Session II: 2:00 p.m. PDT

For enquiries, please email or call.

Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction or online before the sale at the Juliens Auctions Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person or online.

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in this sale:

Online Live in Real Time
Place bids in the room by attending the auction.
Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.
Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions.