Kate Middleton’s see-through black dress, which she wore at a charity fashion show at St Andrews University, has been sold for a staggering 65,000 pounds plus 13,000 pounds buyer’s fees at a Kerry Taylor Auctions.
London auctioneer Kerry Taylor had estimated the knitted dress would fetch between 8,000 pounds and 10,000 pounds.
Her fiancee Prince William was in the audience when Middleton hit the catwalk wearing the dress with black lingerie at the university in Fife in 2002. Kate Middleton has her see-through black dress to thank for catching Prince William’s eye and winning him over. It was the barely-there dress that helped make royal history.
A representative of the mystery buyer at the auction bought the dress on behalf of an individual he would only name as “Nick from Jersey”.
He said of the buyer: “He thinks it’s an iconic piece and is very happy with the purchase.”
Charlotte Todd, who designed the once-30 pounds dress while studying fashion design at the University of the West of England in 2000, sold the dress.
Todd, rather ironically, didn’t end up working in fashion, but at an aquarium. She has kept the outfit ever since it was returned to her. Good for her as she has now hit the jackpot!
“It’s definitely a showstopping dress. I’d like to think I played my part in history and in fashion history,” Todd said.
Three to four bidders were competing for the Charlotte Todd-designed dress, which was actually supposed to be a skirt, but Middleton wore it instead as a dress, with black underwear beneath. As for
One of the bidders, Carole Lieberman, the U.S. talk show host and psychiatrist, believes that Middleton’s revealing number was proof positive that she was prepared to go the extra mile to snag one of the world’s most eligible bachelors.
Lieberman already owns the likes of nightdresses that belonged to Wallis Simpson (the American divorcee who infamously snared King Edward VIII, see The King’s Speech for more!) and the reason she wanted the dress was because Middleton was “the quintessential good girl who used bad girl secrets to catch her prince.”
Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said the huge interest reflected the ‘Kate-mania’ sweeping the world.
“I have sold all kinds of things in my life: the Union Jack dress that Geri Halliwell wore as a Spice Girl, which was iconic at the time; Robbie Williams’ tiger underpants,” said Taylor.
“I have sold some quite bizarre things. But this combines the complete ‘Kate-mania’ with the love story, the romance of it all, it’s just a very special unique thing,” she added.