Final auction set for Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood memorabilia

Final auction set for Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood memorabilia
Profiles in History will be staging the third and final auction of Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood collection in May. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Auction house Profiles in History has announced that the third and final audition of actress Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood collection will take place May 17 and 18.

The veteran actress, whose career included the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain," the 1964 film "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (for which she earned an Oscar nomination), the 1996 movie "Mother" and the 2013 HBO drama "Behind the Candelabra," began auctioning off her massive collection of costumes, props, equipment and other ephemera from the golden age of Hollywood in 2011.


Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from "The Seven Year Itch" in 1955 sold for $4.6 million at the initial auction.

"We are excited to produce our third and final auction for Debbie Reynolds, who spent most of her lifetime amassing the single greatest Hollywood collection in the world," said Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, in a statement.

The first two sales generated $25 million, he said, "so it's nice to see the market appreciate the time and the energy Debbie devoted to her collection."

Highlights of "Debbie Reynolds — The Auction Finale" include:

  • An ecru lace hat with chiffon scarf and peal hat pin that Vivien Leigh wore in 1939's "Gone With the Wind"

  • The military jacket and shirt worn by Gregory Peck in 1977's "MacArthur"

  • Harpo Marx's top hat and wig

  • A Disney's VistaVision camera that not only was used to shoot 1964's "Mary Poppins" but also was borrowed for use on 1977's "Star Wars."

  • A black and ivory period dress designed by Travis Banton for Mae West for 1934's "Belle of the Nineties."

  • An extremely rare, oversized "Singin' in the Rain" poster.

The auction will take place at the Debbie Reynolds dance studio in North Hollywood. Bidders can participate in person, by telephone or online. They also can submit absentee bids.