Marilyn Monroe X-rays, Princess Diana dress going up for auction
Ever wanted to own Marilyn Monroe's X-rays? What about a "Star Trek" uniform and boots worn by the original James T. Kirk, William Shatner? Or Maria's wedding dress from 1965's "The Sound of Music"? Get your checkbooks ready: Those items and more are going up for auction in November, and on Tuesday Julien's Auctions executive director Martin Nolan walked TODAY's Matt Lauer through the array.
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Maria's dress, Nolan said, had undergone some "post-production alterations" as it was used for other "different events and different weddings" by the studio, but it still should fetch $30,000 to $50,000.
Those X-rays? They're proof that Monroe underwent plastic surgery in the 1950s. Lauer found them a bit "creepy," but Nolan countered, "It's part of history. ... People had a love affair with her."
Kirk's boots and tunic could go for $30,000 to $50,000, Nolan continued; but he suggested that Clayton Moore's Lone Ranger mask (which Lauer tried on) might fetch as much as $60,000.
Also in the studio was a dress the late Princess Diana wore in the 1990s, then sold to raise money for charity, but Nolan did not speculate on its potential value.
And finally, a track suit the late James Gandolfini wore on "The Sopranos" is also on the block, though its value is uncertain. Nolan pegged it as perhaps $2,000 to $4,000. "We don't know how collectible he has become," said Nolan, "since he passed away, typically the value soars."
The "Icons & Idols: Hollywood" live and online auction happens on Nov. 9 and 10. For more information, visit Julien's website.