What we like this month, June 2011

This month, we like this piece on the UK’s ‘first actresses‘, exhibition at the NPG later in the year which will be well worth a visit we are sure.

Secret gardens in London …London is renowned for its extensive parks, gardens and green spaces and this weekend (11th and 12th June 2011) there will be 200 additional gardens open to the public which are usually closed. Called Open Garden Squares Weekend it has some fantastic events including Food From The Sky (a great new project whereby vegetables are grown on a Crouch End supermarket roof) a pop-up beach and bar at The Goring Hotel, guided bike rides and not forgetting, of course, Kensington Roof Gardens complete with its resident flamingos! Visit www.opensquares.org for further details on what’s on.

Exciting news on possibly the most important sale  of Hollywood Memorabilia in film history

To go on sale at auction:

– Marilyn Monroe’s “subway dress” (the iconic image of her dress blowing up over the subway vent)

– Judy Garland’s Dorothy gingham dress and red slipper shoes worn on the first two weeks of filming The Yellow Brick Road

– Vivien Leigh’s green drapery dress hat worn as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

– Elizabeth Taylor’s headdress from Cleopatra, Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

– The red MG driven by Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe in Monkey Business

Plus many many more wonderful pieces ….

Debbie Reynolds (actor) has decided to sell items from her vast collection of Hollywood costumes with the first batch to go on sale at auction house Profiles in History on 18th June 2011 with a sequel sale to follow in December 2011. Who can begin to imagine the demand for these incredible pieces from silver screen history, and what prices they will fetch? The Monroe dress alone is expected to go for over £1m.

22 June 2011 News update on the Debbie Reynolds Auction sale


Marilyn Monroe’s dress fetched £2.8m. Read more by clicking here

To view some of the iconic dresses from the Debbie Reynolds collection, click here