Marilyn Monroe gentlemen prefer blondes dress auction

Marilyn Monroe's hot pink dress could have you in the red. Photo courtesy of Profiles in History

Gentlemen prefer blondes.

Women, however, prefer pretty clothes, which is why StyleList is checking the couch for loose change in hopes of getting our hands on Marilyn Monroe's iconic strapless pink gown when it hits the auction block.

Worn by Monroe as she croons "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in the 1953 classic "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (and copied by Madonna in the "Material Girl" video), the gown will be auctioned with other Hollywood treasures by Profiles in History from June 10 through 12.

Billed as "the most important film dress to ever come to auction," the gown is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000, the company tells us.

(Hey, it beats splashing out on Monroe's X-rays.)

But that's not the only sartorial cinematic keepsake up for grabs.

The California-based auction house is also selling Mary Poppins's amazingly roomy carpet bag (valued between $10,000 and $12,000 and perfect for toting the September Vogue); Johnny Depp's razor-sharp gloves from "Edward Scissorhands" (coming soon to a Lady Gaga near you, no doubt), and the Wicked Witch of the West's pointy hat (yours for $100,000 to $150,000, my pretty).

Monroe's cement-set test footprints and signature from Grauman's Chinese Theatre is expected to bring a cool $30,000 to $50,000, while Darth Vader's light saber and Elvis Presley's personal effects are also included in the auction.

Goodness. We're going to need a bigger bank account.

Feeling lucky... and rich? Worldwide bidding through or begins at noon PST each day, June 10 through 12.

May the best blonde win!

Meanwhile, read about the recent auction to intern for Anna Wintour.