Hollywood treasures on view at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre [L.A., CA]

Posted: 11/24/2011 09:29:02 PM PST

Updated: 11/24/2011 09:42:09 PM PST

Visitors to the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre are getting a little extra for their tour or movie ticket price.

For the foreseeable future, iconic costumes from the vast Hollywood Legends Collection are on rotating display in the lobby.

Among the 10 dresses and gowns currently on view are the trend-setting white strapless dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in “A Place in the Sun” (1951), Marlene Dietrich’s black velvet gown and iridescent feather boa from Josef von Sternberg’s “Shanghai Express” (1932) and the Mexican dancing dress in which Linda Darnell tamed the West in John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946).

The collection includes landmark designs by the likes of Edith Head and Adrian – whose “Wizard of Oz” blue check pinafore just cycled out of the Hollywood Boulevard display.

There’s a lot more to go around. The whole collection consists of some 887 movie costumes, more than 115,000 photos, scads of posters, lobby cards and props (some of Elizabeth Taylor’s “Cleopatra” jewelry and two “Ten Commandments” tablets are also on display at the Chinese Theatre).

And if you’ve got $10 million handy, it can all be yours. …

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