Marilyn Monroe dress is auctioned for $4.6 million

By the Associated Press | June 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM EDT

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1954 file photo, Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in New York. Monroe's flirty dress from "The Seven Year Itch" is going to a collector who bid $4.6 million at a weekend auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The dress was among the film costumes and props collected by Debbie Reynolds over four decades. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marilyn Monroe's flirty dress from "The Seven Year Itch" is going to a collector who bid $4.6 million at a weekend auction of Hollywood memorabilia.

The dress was among the film costumes and props collected by Debbie Reynolds over four decades. The "Singin' in the Rain" star, who is 79, abandoned her dream of seeing the collection housed in a museum.

An auction spokesman said the name of the Monroe dress buyer wasn't being released. Other pieces in the Saturday auction included Audrey Hepburn's costume from the Ascot race scene in "My Fair Lady" and a headdress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra."

A final tally of the auction's take was being calculated Monday. About 600 items in Reynolds' extensive collection were up for sale, with another auction planned in December.