Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress from ‘The Seven Year Itch’ has fetched $4.6 million at auction.

white dress – which the late actress wore during a scene where a gust of wind from the subway blows through a grate in the pavement, puffing up her dress and exposing her underwear – vastly exceeded expectations as it was sold along with a host of other memorabilia belonging to actress and collector Debbie Reynolds this weekend. The dress had been designed by
William Travilla and was made from rayon-acetate to give it sharp pleats. Describing it, he once said: "I wondered what could I do with this most beautiful girl that Marilyn was to play to make her look clean, talcum-powdered, and adorable." At the opening of the auction Debbie had joked to the room of bidders, "I’ve been collecting for 45 years and I’m only 40," although by the time the lots had closed she was left in tears.