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Bid On Hot Hollywood Memorabilia, From Marilyn's Dress To Mary Poppins' Bag

By Robin Sayers

The number of collectibles on the block at the upcoming "Hollywood Auction 40" event — 1,530 — is pretty, well, entertaining. From June 10-12th, the Los Angeles auction house, Profiles in History, will accept bids every which way shy of carrier pigeon: in person at their headquarters in Calabasas, CA, over the internet, by phone, through the mail, or — if you'd like to kick it old-school — via fax. Feeling in a Star Wars mood? Then consider raising a paddle (virtually or literally) in an effort to snag Yoda's walking stick from Star Wars IV: The Empire Strikes Back. Michael Jackson devotees will delight in his hand-written lyrics to "Beat It." There's an extensive collection of Elvis Presley's clothing and accessories, a "Jack Sparrow" jacket from Pirates of the Caribbean, the trademark Lone Ranger mask. On and on it goes. ... Browsing the auction catalogue is a little like falling down the rabbit hole of Hollywood. It's tough to pick favorites, but here are some Tinseltown gems that are more than ready for their close-up.

Lorelei Lee's pink satin gown, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Madonna wore a replica in her 1985 "Material World" video, but Marilyn Monroe's original dress can now be all yours. Created by renowned costume designer Travilla, Monroe's gold-digging character donned the strapless jaw-dropper for the song-and-dance routine to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." The organizers claim "this remains the single most important screen-worn gown in film history to ever reach the auction block," which sounds about right. Starting price: $150,000. BID NOW

The Wicked Witch of the West's hat, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Designed by Adrian, a legendary costumer with over 250 films to his credit, this frightening hat (worn by Margaret Hamilton) is crafted of black wool bunting and features an interior steel hoop for support. "The original black silk scarf is tied around the base of the head piece and extends a full 35 inches behind the knot, adding to the evil look," reads the official description. Owning this thing is probably an open invitation to all the evil flying monkeys of the world. Starting price: $100,000. BID NOW

Jeannie's bottle, I Dream of Jeannie (1965)

Producers of NBC's original must-see TV hit purchased several 1964 Jim Beam Christmas bourbons, housed in limited-edition decanters. They gave the 14" tall ornamental smoked glass bottles to members of their studio art department, who proceeded to pimp Jeannie's ride with a gold leaf design and a wash of mint green paint. This was Barbara Eden's small screen "starter home" for the first season — a new bottle was used when the show moved from black-and-white to color film. Starting price: $15,000. BID NOW

Mary Poppins' carpet bag, Mary Poppins (1964)

Julie Andrews' floral satchel in this classic Walt Disney musical is bottomless, containing everything but the kitchen sink — all the better to amaze the nanny's new wards. During shooting, there were two versions: one with a base, one without. Up for bid is the model that can actually hold stuff. It's guaranteed to leave you with your head in the clouds, dreaming of Dick Van Dyke and being airborne on an umbrella. Starting price: $10,000. BID NOW

  • Lorelei Lee's pink satin gown, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)

    Courtesy of Profiles in History
  • The Wicked Witch of the West's hat, "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

    Courtesy of Profiles in History
  • Jeannie's bottle, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965)

    Courtesy of Profiles in History
  • Mary Poppins' carpet bag, "Mary Poppins" (1964)

    Courtesy of Profiles in History
  • Kato's hat, "The Green Hornet" (1966-1967)

    Courtesy of Profiles in History
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Bid On Hot Hollywood Memorabilia, From Marilyn's Dress To Mary Poppins' Bag
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