The dress Elizabeth Taylor wore to marry Conrad Hilton in 1950 was just auctioned off at Christie’s in London — and it ended up bringing in way more than what the auction house expected.
The dress — created by costume designer Helen Rose — sold at just over $188,000 to an unnamed buyer. That’s like $917 for every day of Taylor’s 205-day marriage.
“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,” Christie’s director, Nicolette Tomkinson, told Vogue of the white satin gown covered in bugle beads and seed pearls. “Since it was unveiled, it has attained global appreciation, resulting in competitive bidding for it today.”
It’s a gorgeous dress, but it’s from a particularly painful time in the late actress’s life. Taylor married the hotelier when she was 18 — and she later accused him of “extreme mental cruelty” during their union.
“The honeymoon in Europe lasted two weeks,” Taylor wrote in her 1965 memoir. “I should say the marriage lasted for two weeks. Then came, yours sincerely, disillusionment — rude and brutal.”
Taylor, of course, went on to marry eight more times — including two marriages to the “love of her life,” Richard Burton.
She eventually swore off marriage when her marriage to construction worker Larry Fortensky ended in 1995.
“You don’t get over men like the flu,” Taylor said after her divorce in 1996, according to the Associated Press. “Every divorce is like a little death.”
“I said I’m through with marriage, but I’m not through with men — that wouldn’t be realistic.”
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