Madonna’s dress and accessories for the material girl, which she wore in her famous 1985 music video, sold for $ 287,500 today as part of a collection of music icons at Julien’s Auctions. The auction house previously sold the dress for $ 73,125 in 2014.
The historical items consist of a pink satin dress with a top and a large pink satin bow, white fox fur by Edwards-Lowell of Beverly Hills, a pair of pink satin opera gloves and three rhinestone bracelets. The look was the occasion for Marilyn Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are Girl’s Best Friends” from the classic musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Twentieth Century Fox, 1953). Julien’s Auctions cites the outfit as the one that has remained as Madonna’s most iconic look.
Julien’s Auctions also sold Madonna’s other items, including the original wedding dress she wore to marry actor Sean Penn in 1985, as well as the Desperately Seeking Susan jacket and other iconic outfits she wore in Evita and The Who’s That Girl Tour. Personal items brought in more than $ 500,000 at an auction in Beverly Hills (the largest lot was a Desperately Seeking Susan jacket, which cost $ 252,000).
Other items sold include her ivory satin dress, which she wore in her 1990 music video for Vogue, which sold for $ 179,200. Her “Material Girl” bright pink charmeuse silk headband with a bow decoration sold for $ 28,125, which is 14 times more than the original estimate.
There was an open exhibition that gave fans and potential buyers a chance to see the 2014 collection in person. This year the auction was held in New York and online.
“Make a note of Kim,” @ said_rosey_malone_bridges on Julien’s Auctions Instagram page, calling out Kim Kardashian for wearing one of Marilyn Monroe’s original dresses at the latest Met Gala dinner. “A replica is ok, even though you are a boring vessel of a human being. ”
“Note that she didn’t destroy the original and made her own,” @championmia reported. “Great idea !!!”
Legend has it that the cult dress made of material was originally made for the 1980 TV movie “Norma Jean”. It is rented from Palace Costume and Prop Co. to be used by the singer in her music video. The dress was later used in “Blonde,” a 2001 TV movie that explores the life of Marilyn Monroe.
The Material Girl The music video was recorded on January 10 and 11, 1985 at the Ren-Mar studio in Hollywood, California, and was directed by Mary Lambert, who previously directed the videos for “Borderline” and “Like a Virgin”. This year it celebrates its 38th anniversary.