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Saturday 18 August 2018

Screen icon sells her treasure trove of memorabilia

FILM star Debbie Reynolds is selling off her collection of memorabilia of some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Reynolds herself is Tinseltown royalty. She was a teenage charmer opposite Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain, earned an Oscar nomination for her gutsy character in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and, at 79, is going strong as a nightclub and theatre performer.

Tomorrow, Reynolds will demonstrate her flair with an auction of film memorabilia she has gathered over four decades which includes the Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted with a subway gust in The Seven Year Itch, Audrey Hepburn's stunning black-and-white Ascot race scene gown designed by Cecil Beaton for My Fair Lady and Elizabeth Taylor's pint-sized race togs from National Velvet and towering headdress from Cleopatra.

"I consider myself a fan. I'm a fan who was lucky enough to be among stars, so I collected them," Reynolds said. Profiles in History, the auction house, estimates the nearly 600 items could bring up to $10m (¤7m) in the sale that will also be conducted online.

More of Reynolds' treasure trove is to be sold in December.

The auction represents the end of a dream, as Reynolds' combined casino-hotel and museum in Las Vegas closed and Reynolds planned to relocate the museum to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Last year, Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, said the project had to file for bankruptcy protection and the collection would be sold to satisfy creditors.

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