9 of the Most Valuable Costumes in Movie History
9. LEONARD NIMOY'S BLUE STAR TREK JERSEY
Sold for: $114,000
Star Trek fans love the show so much there's a term for them (Trekkies, of course!). With a fan base that intense, is it any surprise that people are willing to shell out the big bucks for a piece of it? A blue shirt, worn by Leonard Nimoy as Spock in the iconic series, sold at the top of its estimation range in a 2012 auction.
8. VIVIEN LEIGH'S BLUE DRESS FROM GONE WITH THE WIND
Sold for: $137,000
The big skirts and elaborate detailing of the antebellum-era costumes of Gone with the Wind are some of the best remembered in movie history. So when people have the opportunity to own a piece of that history, they'll pay big bucks. This blue dress (now faded to gray) may not have been one of the film's most iconic (we're not talking about the curtain dress here), but was still able to collect a pretty penny.
7. KATE WINSLET'S DINNER GOWN FROM TITANIC
Sold for: $330,000
This dress, a black-and-red beaded number, almost ended up at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on-screen in Titanic – it's the one Rose was wearing when she was about to jump off the side of the boat, before being talked out of it by Jack.
6. JUDY GARLAND'S GINGHAM FROCK FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ
Sold for: $910,000
Up until 2011, Debbie Reynolds owned what may have been the most impressive collection of Hollywood memorabilia out there, which she sold for a profit of almost $23 million a few years ago. In it, a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers and her classic blue-and-white gingham dress, which went for almost $1.5 million together.
5. AUDREY HEPBURN'S BLACK GIVENCHY DRESS FROM BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
Sold for: $923,187
This dress, by Hepburn's favorite designer, Hubert de Givenchy, may have been relatively simple – long, black – but that didn't stop it from becoming one of the most famous in film history, or from fetching nearly $1 million at auction.
4. MARILYN MONROE'S RED SEQUINED NUMBER FROM GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
Sold for: $1.2 million
One of two Gentlemen Prefer Blondes dresses on the list soared past predictions, selling for a whopping $1.2 million when it was expected to go for just $300,000.
3. JULIE ANDREWS' 'THE HILLS ARE ALIVE' DRESS FROM THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Sold for: $1.2 million
Unlike many of the other costumes on this list, this outfit – a curtain-created dress she wore during "Do Re Mi" – was pretty basic. The price tag was anything but.
2. AUDREY HEPBURN'S ROYAL ASCOT ENSEMBLE FROM MY FAIR LADY
Sold for: $3.7 million
Also a part of Debbie Reynolds' epic collection was this iconic dress, which Reynolds bought for $100,000 way back when. So to say she made a killing off this Cecil Beaton design is quite the understatement.