The designs of William Travilla go to auction

  • By Antiques-Art-Design Sydney


Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles have announced that they will auction a fabulous collection of items from the Estate of William Travilla.

You may not know his name but you would certainly know Travilla’s designs. He is credited as the costume designer of over 90 films and television productions — nine of which starred Marilyn Monroe. He won an Academy Award in 1949 for his designs in Adventures of Don Juan starring Errol Flynn but is best known for creating Monroe’s iconic Seven Year Itch white halter dress.


This stunning collection of over 400 items includes: costume sketches, original costumes, his Primetime Emmy Award for his work on Dallas (Estimate: US$2000-$3000), and gowns inspired by his most famous creations. Highlights include: a Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch inspired Travilla gown (Estimate: US$20,000-$30,000); a Betty Grable chocolate silk dress worn in How to Marry A Millionaire (Estimate: US$1,000-$2,000); a 1953 Travilla Gentlemen Prefer Blondes costume sketch (Estimate: US$6,000-$8,000); a Marilyn Monroe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes inspired gown by Travilla featuring the gold lamé sunburst halter gown design (Estimate: US$10,000-$20,000); a Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Travilla sketch (Estimate: US$400-$600); and Travilla’s There’s No Business Like Show Business Academy Award plaque (US$3,000-$5,000).


All items will be on display at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills but you can also bid online from October 7-11th

For more information go to Julian’s Auctions

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