Audrey Hepburn’s magical ballgown from movie Sabrina is going up for sale as part of an auction of Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher memorabilia.
The mother and daughter Hollywood stars died within a day of each other in late 2016, but their memories live on through the on-set pieces they collected over the years.
Debbie was known as a keen movie memorabilia collector, and she owned some of cinemas’ most iconic costumes including a pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and the ‘subway dress’ worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch.
Since their deaths, entertainment memorabilia specialists Profiles in History have been busy planning The Personal Property Auction of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, but the stunning dress worn by Audrey in 1954 movie Sabrina was a late discovery.
“There were three trunks in the back of a warehouse. We had been told it was vaudeville stuff, nothing important. But we had a few hours to kill, so we opened up the trunks and started pulling stuff out,” Joe Maddalena, president and CEO of Profiles in History, recalled to The Hollywood Reporter.
“In addition to some other things, there were a few Mae West costumes, and then a dress that was instantly recognizable. It really is one of the four or five most famous dresses in cinema history, and we almost missed it. If we hadn’t opened those trunks, they likely would have just gone to Goodwill.”
The auction is set for 7 – 9 October, with the Sabrina dress going on sale on 8 October. It’s expected to reach between $80,000 and $120,000 (£59,000 and £88,000).
This is the fourth auction Joe has organized for his late friend Debbie and he previously sold another one of Audrey’s iconic dresses, the black and white Cecil Beaton gown from My Fair Lady, which fetched $3.7 million (£2.7 million).
Debbie had always been passionate about movie memorabilia, but seriously started collecting pieces in 1970 at an infamous auction held by MGM.
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