Hollywood memorabilia auctions draw public eye

Two upcoming Hollywood prop auctions are sure to draw the eyes – and pocketbooks – of movie and television fans around the world.

The hills are alive with memorabilia
Classic items from the Academy Award-winning 1965 musical "The Sound of Music" are set to go on the block Dec. 21 in Los Angeles. The movie memorabilia auction is a follow up to one that occurred over the summer in which a brown dress worn by the movie's star, Julie Andrews, was part of an inventory that sold for a total of $1.56 million.

On Dec. 21, 14 costumes from the musical, one of the most beloved of all time, will be auctioned off as a single lot, and it is expected to be sold for $150,000 to $250,000.

The jacket and pants worn by Capt. Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) during the Von Trapps' final performances of the songs "Edelweiss" and "So Long, Farewell,"another jacket, this one worn by Von Trapp daughter Liesl, and a two capes worn by Von Trapp children during the famous closing scene, are just a few of the highlights of the Dec. 21 auction.

This Hollywood memorabilia auction also represents the first time in at least 25 years that items from the 101-year-old Western Costume Co.'s 6,000-piece "star collection" will be available to bidders. Other famous frocks in that collection include the buckboard dress worn by Vivian Leigh in "Gone With the Wind," Rudolph Valentino's robes from "Son of the Sheik" and prison uniforms from the 1973 Steve McQueen feature "Papillon."

A creepy TV prop auction for charity
The Showtime series "Dexter" has been one of the most popular programs of the past decade and, in an ongoing online auction, fans of the show will be able to take home some of its most notorious props. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

In what is being billed as "the biggest online prop auction in history," Dexter fans can take home anything from a huge selection of ephemera from the show, including prop knives, toys that belonged to Dexter's son Harrison, as well as signs, boxes and pictures that were used on the show.

It's not the glitziest collection of props, but with the added bonus that bidders will be contributing to a worthy cause the auction should be able to draw a lot of attention.

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