Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels have already hit the auction block (and then reappeared around the swanlike neck of Jessica Chastain)—and now one of her wedding dresses is about to do the same as part of Christie’s Pop Culture sale. Got some cash to burn? We sure wish we did, because this thing is GORGEOUS!
Dame Liz got married eight times—twice to Richard Burton—over the course of her life; the dress in question is the one she wore to marry her very first husband, hotel heir Conrad Hilton (and for the curious, yes, he’s one of THOSE Hiltons. He was Paris and Nicky’s great-uncle, as a matter of fact). Though the marriage would last only eight months, the dress 18-year-old Elizabeth wore for the wedding on May 6, 1950 has gone down in history as one of the most stunning bridal gowns ever created. Designed by costume designer Helen Rose as a gift from the actress’ film studio, MGM, it features 25 yards of white satin, sparkly bugle beads and seed pearls, and a 15-yard satin train. It also has a built-in corset that cinched Elizabeth’s waist to just 20 inches (yikes!) on her wedding day. There’s a matching veil too, of course: ten yards of silk illusion net attached to a Juliet cap decked out in pearls. The whole thing is estimated to have taken a team of fifteen seamstresses two to three months to complete.
According to the Telegraph, the dress is expected to fetch up to £50,000, or $75,335, when it hits the auction block on June 26. Other lots up for bidding in the themed sale include an Hermes ‘Escale’ bag owned by Audrey Hepburn, four pairs of gloves owned by Marilyn Monroe, and much, much more. Check out the full selection here—and if you really, REALLY want Dame Liz’s wedding dress, head here to place your bid.
Tell us: If you had the funds at your disposal, would you want Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress in your wardrobe?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.