(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress and singer Debbie Reynolds parted with several of her prized possessions in a Beverly Hills auction on Saturday. The most notable item on the block: Marilyn Monroe's famous white dress that was blown upwards by a gust of air during the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch. It sold for 4.6 million dollars, according to KABC-TV. Monroe's red dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes fetched 1.2 million.
The dresses were among the approximately 500 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia that were featured in the auction. The 79-year-old Reynolds says she held the auction because she has no room in her home for the costumes, which originally were supposed to be displayed in a museum that ultimately was never built. Prior to the auction, she said, "I collected it for a museum, for the fans. Not for me. I couldn't have all these clothes in my house." A follow-up auction with more of Reynolds' possessions is scheduled for December.
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