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Unique pieces of American history and culture to go up for auction

Oct. 21 will be your chance to bring home rare and unique items from popular culture and American history at the Pieces of the Past Celebrity Memorabilia Auction taking place at Auction World Incorporated in Las Vegas, Nev., and online at iCollector.com.

You won't want to miss your chance to bid on items ranging from a Taylor Swift screen-worn black bikini (lot #2) to pieces of Western Americana like a U.S. Marshal's badge from the 1800s (lot #26). It's an auction with a little something for everyone with an interest in America's rich cultural tradition.

Stars of the past
The 1950s and '60s are often considered the glory years of modern American culture, and the Celebrity Memorabilia auction will provide you with a number of opportunities to add exceptional pieces from the era to your collection.

There are two classic items of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, both of which are emblematic of the starlet. You can own a piece from her early career – a signed photo from the set of her first film, "Monkey Business" (lot #245) – or a pair of Lucite heels with embedded rhinestones that once adorned the feet of the American icon (lot #7).

And no Hollywood memorabilia auction featuring items from that era would be complete without an Elvis collectible or two. On Oct. 21, you can bid on a piece of a roadmap autographed by one of the most cherished rock stars of the 20th century.

There are even items from the early days of celluloid, including two Esther Williams prototype bathing suits (lots #86 and 134), a photograph from the 1930s signed by Katherine Hepburn (lot #242) and a photo of Eleanor Powell that has a personal note and signature on its face (lot #43).

Movie and TV contracts
Much of the inventory that will be available on the 21st comes from television and movies, including pieces that would be great additions to any eclectic memorabilia collection.

You can track entertainment industry history with any of the several written contracts signed by Hollywood legends that will be up for auction, the most notable of which being George Lucas' two-page signed and notarized agreement granting Universal Pictures complete license for his first film, American Graffiti (lot #247).

If you've ever been sitting around, watching a late-night talk show, wondering how those famous stars end up appearing on the couch next to your favorite host, now you can be privy to the behind-the-scenes process. A contract signed by Harrison Ford to appear on the Conan O'Brien show (lot #240), and another between Tom Hanks and NBC to visit the same show (lot #243) will also be on display.

Running the gamut
Those are just a few items in the impressive inventory on the block at the upcoming auction. And any of them can be yours with just a few clicks of your mouse once you log onto iCollector.com to discover these gems of American culture, past and present. So head on over and start making a list of the items you'd like to take home.