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How much would you pay for famous film costume?

December 9, 2009 | 11:02 am
Audrey-hepburn-dress Last month, Julie Neigher reported in the Image section that Keira Knightley's emerald green silk showstopper from "Atonement" garnered $35,000 at auction. Considering it was a size 2, we're left to presume that the buyer's method of scrimping and saving meant avoiding a few dinners out. Hump. Mere chump change. Today, the Associated Press is reporting that the black Hubert de Givenchy-designed dress that Audrey Hepburn donned for "How to Steal a Million" sold to an anonymous bidder for about $97,700 Tuesday in London.

Of course, these both benefited worthy causes. Knightley's dress came via an auction sponsored by Clothes Off Our Back, and half of the net proceeds from Hepburn's black Chantilly lace cocktail dress as well as the 39 other items sold last night go to The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. (The total sales equaled 268,320 pounds.)

While both of these items are not exactly the type of thing one would wear on her Saturday afternoon errands, they are memorable and certainly a conversation piece. But would you spend this much for a gown like this? And where would you wear it?

-- Whitney Friedlander


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Photo: A black Chantilly lace cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie "How to Steal a Million" was sold Tuesday for $97,700 to an anonymous in London. Credit: Yoan Valat / EPA