Profiles in History, a dealer in historical memorabilia, will auction part one of The Debbie Reynolds Collection, said to be the world’s largest collection of Hollywood costumes and props. The public auction will begin in June. The sale includes items from such films as “Gone With the Wind,” “Ben Hur,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Sound of Music” and “Casablanca.” The collection also comprises garments designed by Travilla, Travis Banton and Edith Head, and worn by such actors as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly and Richard Burton.
The Debbie Reynolds Collection considered to be the most significant assemblages of Hollywood costumes and props placed on the market since the liquidation of the MGM and Fox studios in the 1970’s. Profiles in History plans to sell this massive collection through a series of auctions starting with part one in June 2011 and part two in December 2011. The entire collection contains over 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, costume sketches and hundreds of key props from film history.
“I heard the news that MGM was going to sell their inventory of costumes and props,” said Reynolds. “I went every day for weeks and focused on purchasing the costumes and props of Academy Award-winning films. It soon turned into an obsession. Until now! I’ve concluded that my dream of having a museum cannot be fulfilled, so I have decided to share my fabulous collection with other collectors.”