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Collector will be singin' after selling famous suit

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DALLAS -- The grey wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he joyously danced in a downpour in the Hollywood musical Singin' in the Rain is going up for auction.

The suit is expected to sell for more than $20,000 when Heritage Auctions offers it up Friday in Dallas. Memorabilia collector Gerry Sola has had the suit for more than four decades. He bought it for $10 at a 1970 sale of MGM props and wardrobe items.

Sola, a retired postal worker, had travelled from his home in Northern California to Los Angeles for the sale. It progressed from an auction to a garage sale of sorts with racks of clothing for sale. Sola was sorting through the racks when he found the suit from the famous scene in the 1952 musical.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2013 C2

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