SOUTHAMPTON, England – Cunard cruise line will pay homage to one of the world’s most captivating Hollywood icons when Queen Mary 2 showcases highlights from the world’s largest Marilyn Monroe Collection on the line’s signature Transatlantic Crossing, August 9-16, 2016.
Celebrity auction house Julien’s Auctions will showcase highlights from David Gainsborough-Roberts’ renowned Marilyn Monroe Collection, the world’s largest collection of film-worn Marilyn Monroe costumes, on board Cunard’s flagship ocean liner for passengers to view and purchase. The Collection, comprised of film costumes, personal gowns and clothing, jewelry, property owned by Monroe, and original photographs and film posters, is the most substantial Marilyn Monroe archive of professional and personal items that exists today.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to sail across the Atlantic on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 with this prestigious Marilyn Monroe collection and share it with the passengers on this voyage,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.
“For as long as I can remember, Marilyn has been a part of my life and over many years I have built up my own private Marilyn Collection,” said David Gainsborough Roberts, owner of the largest private collection of Monroe’s dresses. “It is now time for me to share this with the world, which I am proud to dedicate to her name on this year of her 90th Birthday Anniversary.”
On the eight-night, eastbound Transatlantic Crossing, departing out of New York, guests will enjoy:
• A daily, rotating exhibition of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia
• Exclusive opportunity to bid on choice items in advance of the general auction in November
• Q&A with Julien’s Auctions executives Darren Julien, Founder and CEO, and Martin Nolan, Executive Director
• Q&A with David Gainsborough-Roberts
• Personal appearance and photo opportunity with famed Monroe impersonator Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe
“We are excited to partner with the highly esteemed ‘auction house to the stars,’ Julien’s Auctions,” said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard North America. “We are proud to offer our guests this exclusive opportunity to view this one-of-kind collection from the incomparable life of Marilyn Monroe on board our own unrivaled ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.”
The Marilyn Monroe Collection, which is touring the world before the auction in November, offers film worn costumes which cover an extensive portion of Marilyn’s acting career. From “Niagara” to “Some Like It Hot,” seven of Marilyn’s most notable films are represented with many created by award-winning designers and well known costumers of Hollywood.