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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

On the auction block: ‘Sound of Music’ costumes

In today’s batch of email came something intriguing: a press release from an organization called Profiles in History, which seems to be an auction house, announcing that an assortment of costumes from “The Sound of Music” will be up for sale in a late-July auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The “Sound of Music” grouping includes Maria’s brown jumper and blouse, the made-from-curtains outfits for the seven Von Trapp kids (I love the detail that Gretl’s jumper is worn with a yellow polo shirt from Saks Fifth Avenue), Maria’s honeymoon suit, several of Liesel’s dresses, and more. The collection is expected to sell for $800,000 to $1,200,000.

I won’t be bidding (that’s, ahem, a little more than I can spare, plus I doubt Julie Andrews and I are the same size), but I couldn’t resist taking a look at the other offerings in the auction catalog. Fun stuff, including:

— Charlie Chaplin’s cane from “Modern Times” ($120,000 – $150,000)

— A 1903 copy of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” signed by the entire movie cast ($60,000 – $80,000)

— A screenplay from the final episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (a bargain at $600 – $800)

— Elliott’s red hoodie from “E.T.” ($6,000 – $8,000)

— Anjelica Huston’s Morticia dress from “The Addams Family,” complete with “tattered black silk crepe scarf as appropriate accent” ($2,000 – $3,000)

— Simon Pegg’s blood-spattered costume/work uniform from “Shaun of the Dead” ($1,500-$2,000)

Whether you’re a collector or not, the catalog makes for some fun browsing on a slow pre-holiday morning. And, while we’re talking about “The Sound of Music,” here’s something just in case you missed it back in 2010:

 

Love it.

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