Sound of Music costumes sell for $1.6m

Julie Andrews as Maria and the Von Trapp family in The Sound of Music.
Julie Andrews as Maria and the Von Trapp family in The Sound of Music.

A selection of costumes from Julie Andrews' classic movie The Sound Of Music have sold at auction in California for $US1.3 million ($NZD1.62 million).

The garments included the main outfit worn by the Hollywood legend's character Maria, which was described in the auction handbook as "a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-coloured homespun blouse".

Floral lederhosen worn by cast members who played the Von Trapp children also went under the hammer at the Profiles in History auction at the weekend.

Another highlight at the auction was the sale of a costume worn by late actor James Gandolfini in his final scene of The Sopranos.

The outfit was placed up for auction before Gandolfini passed away and sole for $US22,000.

A painting of the plantation building Tara from Gone With The Wind, used in the 1939 film's opening sequence, fetched $US270,000, and a diving helmet from the 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea sold for $US75,000.

- WENN

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