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Monroe movie gown goes on show

A gown worn on screen by blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe and the desert robes of TE Lawrence are among the notable artefacts going on public display from a memorabilia collection drawing together items which span more than 150 years.

The items have been amassed over many years by former banker David Gainsborough Roberts, with highlights being shown at Christies in London in a free exhibition called Famous And Infamous.

Monroe's red sequinned evening gown worn for her role as Lorelei Lee in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is among the costumes which will be shown until September 2.

Also to be seen at Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, is a slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake in an inscribed presentation box from February 1840, cufflinks presented to John Lennon and a set of keys from the Titanic.

The ivory silk desert robe and Arab headdress owned by Lawrence - immortalised on screen by Peter O' Toole in Lawrence Of Arabia - are also being displayed, as is a s tetson which was once owned by Hollywood western star John Wayne.

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