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Million-dollar Monroe

Have you always lusted/swooned (delete as appropriate according to gender) after Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, and have always dreamt of owning that swishy white dress, and sashaying around town feeling a million dollars (or at least twenty quid)? Yes? Well bad luck pal, as the iconic dress was sold this weekend at auction, to a bidder who paid a whopping $4.6 million (£2.8 million). This breaks all records for the most paid for a dress by someone with more dosh than sense - though it is a beautiful piece of clothing.

The dress was sold by actress Debbie Reynolds, who dreamt of establishing a Hollywood fashion museum. Debbie told Vogue, 'It's not so much that I had vision, it's that they had none, I'm heartbroken. I don't want to see the collection broken up. It should stay intact. It's a real shame but that's the way it's going to be.'

Reynolds originally paid $200 (£123) for the dress when the MGM studios in Hollywood were closed.

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