Debbie Reynolds Auctions Movie Memorabilia: From 'Ben-Hur' to 'My Fair Lady'

Marion Davies Monumental Painting
Marion Davies Monumental Painting by Federico Beltrán Masses

Rudolph Valentino's Travis Banton-designed matador outfit from Blood and Sand; Mary Pickford's period hat from the 1924 historical drama Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall; the charioteer helmet worn by Francis X. Bushman in the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, filmdom's biggest worldwide blockbuster until Gone with the Wind; a blue suit and signature hat from the Harold Lloyd estate; Douglas Fairbanks' costumes from the 1929 version of The Taming of the Shrew; Greta Garbo's green velvet dress from Anna Karenina; Marilyn Monroe's 'subway' dress from The Seven Year Itch; Audrey Hepburn's Cecil Beaton-designed dress from My Fair Lady.

What do all those historical artifacts have in common? The answer is: Debbie Reynolds.

Since there's no Hollywood History Museum out there to house it, Debbie Reynolds is auctioning her collection of movie memorabilia. “I'm heartbroken,” Reynolds was quoted as saying in the London Daily Mail. “I don't want to see the collection broken up. It should stay intact. It's a real shame but that's the way it's going to be.”

To call the lack of interest on the part of big-shot Hollywood personalities “disgraceful” would be an understatement. Anyhow, here are a few more items on the auction block:

The auction will take place in installments, beginning on June 18 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

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3 Comments to Debbie Reynolds Auctions Movie Memorabilia: From 'Ben-Hur' to 'My Fair Lady'

  1. Ken

    In Ben hur movie, where is the knife that Judah gave as a gift to massalah?

  2. rich

    Does anyone know how to get in touch with Reynolds people about the next auction? I'm trying to bid on, or purchase outright, Mario Lanza stuff. Thanks.

  3. joyce small

    Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the auction guidebook from
    the Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood memoriibilia acution of this
    past week-end? Thanks.