Marilyn Monroe Captured In Original William Travilla Sketches

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  • Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic moments are revealed in fashion designer, William Travilla’s original costume sketches. See the stunning pictures…

    Marilyn Monroe has been captured during some of her most iconic moments, as original sketches drawn by costume designer William Travilla are unveiled.

    Renowned for his work in Hollywood, Travilla was one of Tinseltown’s most celebrated costume and fashion designers, and the man behind many of Marilyn’s most iconic outfits.

    Julien’s Auctions, the entertainment memorabilia specialists and ‘Auction House to the Stars’, have given us a first look at some of Travilla’s original sketches set to go on sale tomorrow.

    The signed artwork, including the pleated ivory cocktail dress that Marilyn wore for 1995 film The Seven Year Itch, will be part of a bigger Icons and Idols auction series opening to bidders.

    There are 400 lots in total, ranging from the original sketches, to costumes, patterns and watercolour renderings.

    In these first look images, Travilla pictured the adored actress ahead of her ‘tropical heat wave’ scene in There’s No Business Like Show Business. While another signed sketch shows the stunning gold dress she wowed audiences with in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    Even on paper, Marilyn’s siren star power is totally breathtaking.

    The Icons and Idols auction will also include fashion designs from the infamous Mr Blackwell, the personal collection of actress Jane Withers and the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, plus Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker gown.

    Die-hard fans will also notice Marilyn Monroe’s cosmetic related x-rays and doctor records among the less traditional items on offer.

    A mint green version of Marilyn’s The Seven Year Inch dress is expected to reach up to £18,700 at Friday’s auction, while just over £6,000 is anticipated for the original sketch.

    We may stick to admiring these stunning images for now. Sigh.

    What do you think of these original Marilyn Monroe sketches? Let us know in the comments box below…

    Icons & Idols: Fashion and Icons & Idols: Hollywood will be held at Julien’s Auctions on Tuesday 5 November.

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