Reynolds spent $180,000 on thousands of items at an auction held by Weisz the following year, in 1971. She would later enhance her collection with items bought from Fox studios, and elsewhere, over the years.
Meanwhile, Weisz "recouped eight times" the $1.5m he had paid MGM the year before. How's that for a great investment?
Speaking of great investments... With her collecting acumen and foresight, that $180,000 spent by Ms Reynolds in 1971 is likely worth tens and tens of millions today.
And that's not all, this $18.6m auction is only the first in a series of auctions of the Debbie Reynolds collection. There is plenty more excitement around the corner, and the profits will be a fitting reward for one of the last half century's finest collectors.
Just as Reynolds was a "fan of all of these stars [and] wanted to save their moment... for the future," a new generation of collectors has now devoted itself to preserving Hollywood's Golden Age.
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