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It is right up there with Audrey Hepburn's LBD from Breakfast at Tiffany's, that iconic white halterneck dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch. Who could forget that history-making scene when the blonde bombshell stood over a subway vent and let the wind blow up her dress? Well, Hepburn's Tiffany's dress may have gone for £410,000 at auction 5 years ago, but Monroe's has been sold for a record £2.8 million! Oprah Winfrey was rumoured to be among the anonymous bidders for the dress.

At the auction of Debbie Reynold's costume collection, which she has accumulated over 45 years, in California yesterday, Monroe's ivory pleated Travilla dress was the star attraction.

It went under the hammer with other items including Monroe's red sequin gown from Gentleman Prefer Blondes which fetched $1.2million. The auction also featured many other legendary costume items including Judy Garland's blue check 'Dorothy' dress from The Wizard of Oz. It sold for $910,000 - more than ten times its estimate.

Reynolds had planned to move her Las Vegas museum of Hollywood memorabilia to Tennessee, but forced to sell it off to pay creditors. Fighting back tears she revealed, "I wanted to build a museum for the public, which I was never able to raise the money for. That's why you are seeing this auction. I think it's sad, but I think it's the only way it can happen. It's the only way I can save it. I can't maintain it any more."