The dress Marilyn Monroe (photo) wore in “River of No Return” has sold to a private buyer for $504,000. Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said Saturday that the dress was sold at an auction in China. Monroe wore the green velour dress while she sang “I’m Gonna File My Claim” in the 1954 Western in which she portrayed Kay Washington, a gambler’s wife.
Among other items that have been sold at the auction were the bustier that Madonna wore during her “Who’s That Girl” tour in 1987. It has sold for $72,000. The famous white dress Monroe wore in “The Seven Year Itch” was sold for $4.6 million at an auction this summer. … The “Saturday Night Live” star who perfected his character as “President George W. Bush” and later took his presidential act to Broadway is receiving the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night in Washington. As Will Ferrell received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jack Black, Conan O’Brien, Larry King and the rock back Green Day were to offer tributes and performances in his honor, to be joined by Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and Lorne Michaels from Ferrell’s “SNL” days. The show was being taped for broadcast Oct. 31 on PBS stations nationwide. Ferrell is the son of a teacher and Roy Lee Ferrell, a guitarist for the Righteous Brothers. He grew up in Irvine, Calif., went to college at the University of Southern California and got his start in comedy with the Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings. That’s where he was discovered by “SNL.” He went on to make some outlandish movies including “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “Old School,” to name a few.
TYRANNOSAUR DISPUTE Amanda Petty stands with “Stan” at the institute in June 2008 in Hill City, S.D. A federal judge has ordered settlement talks in a multimillion-dollar dispute over bone castings from three famed tyrannosaurus rex specimens. It pits a South Dakota research company against a Montana nonprofit that allegedly made unauthorized copies of bone castings from two t-rexes, dubbed Stan and Sue.
AP Photo courtesy of Black Hills Institute of Geological Research