Tommy Hilfiger spends big at Marilyn Monroe auction
Tommy Hilfiger splashed some serious cash at an auction of Marilyn Monroe's personal items.
The American fashion designer attended a sale of costumes, wardrobe and personal items owned by the late Hollywood actress at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles this past weekend (19-20Nov16).
According to WWD, Hilfiger won Monroe’s Pandora minaudiere evening bag at the auction.
Hilfiger triumphed "in an unintentional bidding war" against his music executive friend Tommy Mottola for the purse, with the winning offer hitting $187,500 (£150,689).
Inside the embellished purse is a lipstick, unused cigarettes, a comb and a heavily used cotton powder make-up buffer with a mirror, as well as two dimes dated 1943 and 1945.
Hilfiger, 65, has long looked to Monroe’s career as a source of inspiration, and also splurged on some memorabilia at a Christie’s auction in 1999, where he spent $37,000 (£29,630) on the jeans the actress wore in River of No Return and $75,000 (£60,262) on a pair of square-toe cowgirl boots that she wore in The Misfits.
Last Thursday (17Nov16), the famed nude dress the blonde beauty wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy in 1962 sold for $4.8 million (£3.87 million) - well exceeding the $3 million (£2.4 million) guide price. The dress, designed and made by Academy Award-winning costume designer Jean Louis, features 2,500 hand stitched crystals, and was purchased by museum Ripley's Believe it or Not. Meanwhile the black beaded cocktail dress Monroe wore for Some Like It Hot was considerably more attainable with a final bid of $450,000 (£360,000).
Another important sale was that of Monroe’s platinum and diamond Blancpain cocktail watch that was expected to sell for between $80,000 (£64,279) and $100,000 (£80,349). It actually sold to Blancpain, Switzerland for $225,000 (£180,787). According to Marc A. Hayek, Blancpain President & CEO, the company is happy to have the "exceptional timepiece, which was once owned by America’s most iconic star, return to its original home in Switzerland."
The tally was $11 million (£8.8 million) for a myriad of Monroe’s personal and professional items.