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Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 hosts Marilyn Monroe collections

Date Posted: 25 Apr 2016
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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