A see-through dress that Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton wore at a charity fashion show sold tonight at an auction in London for 78,000 pounds ($125,890).
The dress, offered at the specialist fashion salesroom Kerry Taylor Auctions six weeks before the Royal Wedding, sold to an unidentified bidder in the room. It had been estimated to fetch between 8,000 pounds and 10,000 pounds, based on hammer prices. The purchase price includes salesroom fees.
Middleton wore the diaphanous knitted lace dress, designed by Charlotte Todd, during the annual charity fashion show in 2002 at St. Andrew’s University, where she and Prince William were students. The two of them were just friends before the prince, who’d paid 200 pounds for a front-row seat, saw her sashaying down the runway in Todd’s creation, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper.
Todd was the seller of the dress, originally designed as a skirt. The garment was part of her student project titled “The Art of Seduction” at the University of the West of England, Bristol, the auction house said.
(Scott Reyburn writes about the art market for Muse, the arts and culture section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)