Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic 1961 Oscar dress was found in an old suitcase.
Aylor’s dress, along with other clothes, was originally given to a family friend of the late British-American actor decades ago and then forgotten.
Taylor won the iconic Christian Dior dress the same night she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1960 film Butterfield 8.
She then calls the dress her “lucky charm”.
About 10 years after the Oscars, Anne Sanz, a friend of Taylor’s, is said to have been invited to her room at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Sanz was told she could have “as many dresses” as she wanted from Taylor’s wardrobe.
Now, all 15 pieces Sanz has are up for auction at Kerry Taylor Auctions in Bermondsey, London, on December 6.
“The family contacted me about this collection, which was stored in a large suitcase in an empty room,” Kerry Taylor, of Kerry Taylor Auctions, said in a statement. “I think for years around Christmas they would take them out to see and then put them back but they weren’t really touched so they were in great condition.
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“There was one or two pieces that Anne wore, but she didn’t wear any high fashion items. I just couldn’t believe it when I saw it all. I recognized the Soir e Rio dress immediately but I thought it was from the Dior collection. They made a copy, I had to contact them and say ‘I’m afraid you don’t have the original because I have.’
“With anything like this, items are only as good as they come from, and it can’t be better than this.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime collection and I feel honored and honored when they come to me – any auction house would be willing to give up this prestigious collection. Some pieces will appeal to fashionistas as well as Elizabeth Taylor fans.”
Taylor died in March 2011, aged 79.
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