Elizabeth Taylor's Wedding Dress Auction
published July 26th, 2013
Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress smashed all estimates to sell for more than £120,000 at auction last month. Taylor wore the iconic gown, made by costume designer Helen Rose, when she was just 18 for her wedding to Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton Jr back in 1950.
According to Christie’s, it features “25 yards of shell-white satin embellished with bugle beads and seed pearls, trailed by a fifteen-yards of satin train…The project was so extensive and was such a priority at MGM that more than 15 people worked full-time for between two and three months straight on it.”
A bidding war erupted at the prestigious auction house in London and the dress, which Elizabeth Taylor was given by MGM after she starred in 'Father of the Bride' in 1950, sold for more than twice the estimate of $75,000.
The gown was snapped up by a telephone bidder, which was met by a round of applause in the auction house.
Christie’s director Nicolette Tomkinson said: “We were honoured to have been asked to handle the sale of this iconic wedding dress, which represents an important piece of Hollywood history.”
“Designed by Helen Rose, one of the most celebrated film costumiers of the time, as a gift from M.G.M. Studios, and inspired by the wedding dress worn by Taylor in M.G.M.’s ‘Father of the Bride’, the dress is inextricably tied to the Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as to the extraordinary life and career of the star who wore it.”
“Since it was unveiled, it has attained global appreciation, resulting in competitive bidding for it today. The dress was sold for £121,875 reflecting its significance in the history of film and fashion.”
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