Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress has sold at Christies for an unprecedented amount
Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress has sold for an unprecedented amount at auction.
The dress exceeded its maximum estimated value by more than two and a half times, selling for £121,875. It was predicted to fetch around £30,000-£50,000.
The beautiful gown was worn by Elizabeth Taylor when she was just 18 for her first wedding to Conrad Hilton Jr in 1950 and was designed by Helen Rose as a gift from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film studio under which Taylor worked for. It was inspired by the gorgeous gown she wore in the 1950 film, Father Of The Bride.
Made from white satin and scattered with beads and pearls with a 15-yard train, the dress also featured a corset which shrank Elizabeth‘s waist to a tiny 20 inches on her big day.
The matching veil is made from 10 yards of shimmering silk net and is attached to a pearl covered Juliet cap. Christie’s director Nicolette Tomkinson said: ‘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.’
Despite orchestrating a stunning wedding with over 700 guests, the marriage between Elizabeth and Conrad lasted just eight months, and the actress went on to marry a further seven times – including two famous marriages to Richard Burton.