How much would you pay for a dress?

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  • Earlier this week it was revealed that a display of the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress raised £10 million in ticket sales, but how much would you fork out for a famous frock?

    Earlier this week, it was revealed that over 620,000 members of the public attended a display of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, raising £10 million in ticket sales.

    That’s a lot of people flocking to Buckingham Palace to check out the exhibition, which the Queen described as ‘very creepy’ in reference to how the dress was presented on a headless mannequin. But don’t be suprised by these high numbers, celebrity dresses always create a stir. Here are our top jaw-dropping dress auction prices from times gone by:

    In June 2012, Lady Gaga paid £82,250 for an Alexander McQueen ivory silk gown entitled ‘The Girl Who Lived In The Tree,’ setting a new record for a McQueen dress in the process. Ka-ching!

    Audrey Hepburn’s ‘lucky’ Oscar dress was sold to a private collector in November 2011 for £84,000. The style icon first wore the dress in the final scene of ‘Roman Holiday’ before adapting the lace dress to pick up an Oscar gong for best actress.

    Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white halterneck dress from ‘The Seven Year Itch’ was sold at an auction in June 2011 for £2.8m, making it the most expensive Monroe dress ever sold. The dress was part of Debbie Reynold’s collection of Hollywood memorabilia, that she was forced to flog after failing to fulfill her dream of opening a Hollywood museum. She burst into tears as the auctioneer shouted sold and the dress she originally paid £123 was taken from her.

    Other lots from Reynold’s collection included Judy Garland’s gingham dress from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, which fetched £690,000, and Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from ‘My Fair Lady’, which sold for £2.3million.

    In December 2011, a Christian Dior brocade gown belonging to Elizabeth Taylor was estimated to sell for $5000 but a bidding war ensued driving the price up to $362,500.

    And finally, that sheer dress that caught Prince William’s eye when Kate Middleton modelled it on the catwalk at a University of St. Andrew’s charity fashion show in 2002 was sold last year for £78,000. Designed by student Charlotte Todd, it only cost £30 to make.

    So what do you think? If you had a never ending bank balance would you fork out millions for a celebrity’s or designer’s dress? Or is it too much? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.


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