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Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Debbie Reynolds sells Marilyn Monroe dress for over $4 million (Photos)

Debbie Reynolds and pieces from her costume and prop collection in Beverly Hills. (Fred Prouser - Reuters)
Debbie Reynolds closed a door on Saturday as she put pieces of her Hollywood memorabilia collection up for auction because of bankruptcy, effectively ending her dream of housing the costumes and props in her own museum. But hopefully the success of the window she opened, an auction presented by Profiles in History, should be enough to comfort her.

The iconic subway grate dress Marilyn Monroe wore in “The Seven Year Itch,” which the actress said she bought for $200, sold for $4.6 million, according to Reuters. Other items that sold for way over their expected price include a dress and a pair of ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in a “Wizard of Oz” screen test ($1.75 million), another Monroe dress from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” ($1.2 million) and the Ascot dress Audrey Hepburn donned in “My Fair Lady” ($3.7 million).

More of Reynolds’s iconic pieces will be sold at another auction this December. See photos of the $4 million dress and other items from the auction after the jump.

The subway dress worn by actress Marilyn Monroe in the film from "The Seven Year Itch.” (Reuters)

The ivory-pleated “Subway” dress worn by actress Marilyn Monroe from the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch.” (Fred Prouser - Reuters)

Reynolds poses on a 1918 Ford Model T used in "Laurel & Hardy" films. (Chris Pizzello - AP)

Reynolds looks up at the dress she wore for the “Good Mornin’ ” sequence in the 1952 film “Singin’ in the Rain.” (Chris Pizzello - AP)

Reynolds poses with two headdresses worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the film “Cleopatra.” (Fred Prouser - Reuters)

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