Music videos from the 1980s overflow with iconic and outlandish outfits, from David Byrne's oversized white suit in various Talking Heads clips to Cyndi Lauper's tulle-laden tutus.
But the fashion, aesthetic, and theme of the era is often epitomized in a single dress: the pink strapless evening gown worn by Madonna in 1985's "Material Girl" video (which itself was an homage to Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"). Can you picture the frock? Enormous bow on back?
It could be yours, and will be someone's, once "the largest collection of Madonna memorabilia from her personal and professional life" goes up for bidding at Julien's Auctions in November.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Up for grabs? The aforementioned "Material Girl" dress and stole (which Julien's estimates at $20,000 to $40,000), several costumes from "Evita" and "A League of Their Own" and "The Next Best Thing," and a number of seen-in-music-videos pieces as well.
"(H)andwritten notes on concert choreography," a number of lyrics in the performer's hand, and, yep, Madonna's AFTRA guild card are on the block as well, in addition to a bevy of photographs and negatives.
Of deep interest to the Madonna completest? Her 1988 day-planner. Did you have a day-planner in 1988? Many people did, but only a few have an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" penciled in.
A make-up compact and a school yearbook round out some of the more offbeat items.
Want to take a look or put in an offer? The public exhibition will be at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from Nov. 3 through 6, with the live and online auction to follow on Nov. 7 and 8.