Laurel and Hardy's signature suits
Laurel and Hardy’s signature suits are two of the most famous costumes in early cinema history, worn by celebrated stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
The suits were worn by the two stars during the production of a number of their short films by the studios MGM and 20th Century Fox between 1941 and 1945. The pair made eight films during this time, but grew tired of their lack of creative control and left to concentrate on a stage show which toured the world between 1946 and 1950.
The suits are both labelled by the 20th Century Fox costume department. Stan Laurel’s suit consists of a black wool jacket, black and white checked wool pants and a red and gold patterned bow tie.
Oliver Hardy’s suit includes a charcoal grey double-breasted wool jacket along with a pair of grey and black striped wool pants.
In June 2011 the pair of suits was placed up for sale at the Profiles in History auction of Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood costumes and props with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 - $20,000. They were sold for a price of $19,680.00.
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