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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 hosts Marilyn Monroe collections

Date Posted: 25 Apr 2016
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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, is to host one of the world’s largest collections of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, including costumes, jewellery and other personal items, during an Eastbound transatlantic crossing on August 9 – 16.

The collection, to be auctioned in November at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, has a value in excess of $3 million. Guests onboard will have the opportunity to bid ahead of auction.

Collection owner, David Gainsborough-Robert is auctioning the items to commemorate the Hollywood Icon’s 90th Birthday Anniversary on 1st June. He will be giving a talk and answering questions during the cruise.

Joining him onboard is well-known Marilyn Monroe lookalike, Suzie Kennedy, who has made a career as ‘Marilyn’.

Jackie Chase, director of PR at Cunard “This kind of collaboration offers an opportunity for learning, exploration and cultural exchange among passengers, and is also a perfect complement to the lines reputation for elegant style and glamour on board”.

Some of the items on auction include:

Some Like It Hot Black Cocktail Dress with sequins, worn while Marilyn sang “I’m through with love” while sitting on top of a grand piano in Some Like It Hot. The guide price is $200,000 - $400,000.

No Business Like Show Business Gown – Worn in the 1954 film for “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It”. A stunning flesh town gown with a waist high slit, which was later covered with a vanity panel for filming and images in countries that did not allow women to be so revealing. Guide price $100,000 - $200,000

How to Marry a Millionaire Earrings. Marilyn wore these costume earrings in the film in 1953 as well as to a Charity event at the Hollywood Bowl later that year. Guide price $80,000 - $100,000.

Seven Year Itch Gloves. These black sequinned opera gloves are believed to have been worn in the “Rachmaninoff” scene in 1957. The gloves carry a label on the inside which reads “Made for Marilyn Monroe by Bill Cheatwood, Beverly Hills” Guide price $4,000 - $6,000.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 hosts Marilyn Monroe collections

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