Fancy buying an iconic Monroe dress?

A dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in film the Seven Year Itch has gone under the hammer, fetching a massive $4.6million (£2.8m).

Actress Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin' in the Rain and owner of the dress, has been collecting rare Hollywood memorabilia for the past 50 years. But the cost of maintaining her array of movie props from such classics as Gone With the Wind and My Fair Lady, is just too high. Apparently the star burst into tears as her vast collection was auctioned off – though she can take considerable solace in the prices raised.

The ivory coloured frock, made famous by a gust of wind. Had been expected to raise $2 million (£1.24 million) but ended up selling for twice that.

Other items auctioned off included a hat that Monroe wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, fetching $1.47 million (£908,000), while Judy Garland's dress from The Wizard of Oz managed to raise $1,119,000 (£690,000).

Anonymous bidders for the Monroe dress are believed to include Oprah Winfrey. It's not known what Reynolds will do with all the cash raised, though it doesn't look like she's going to donate it to charity any time soon. She blubbed: 'I wanted to build a museum for the public, which I was never able to raise the money for. That's why you are seeing this auction. I think it's sad, but I think it's the only way it can happen. It's the only way I can save it. I can't maintain it any more.'

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