Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress sells for over £120,000
The gown that late actress Elizabeth Taylor wore to marry Conrad Hilton Jr in 1950 was estimated to sell for between £30,000 and £50,000 by Christie's of London. The auction, however, exceeded its maximum estimated value by more than two and a half times.
The gown was designed by legendary costume designer Helen Rose for the then-18-year-old bride as a gift from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film studio under which Taylor was contracted, and was inspired by the wedding gown which the actress wore in the 1950 film "Father of the Bride".
It is estimated that the gown took fifteen seamstresses three months to complete, and is made of 25 yards of shell-white satin sprinkled with bugle beads and pearls, 15 yards of satin train, and an inbuilt corset which cinched Taylor's waist to a tiny 20 inches for the day. The matching veil is made of 10 yards of shimmering silk illusion net attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap.
"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," said Christie's director Nicolette Tomkinson. "Since it was unveiled, it has attained global appreciation, resulting in competitive bidding for it today."
Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton Jr on their wedding day
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