We know little black dresses are a must have, but paying £410,000 for one?
Ok, it was designed by Hubert de Givenchy. And it made famous my Audrey Hepburn in that movie, Breakfast at Tiffany™s.
The Hubery de Givenchy black satin dress was only estimated to sell for £50,000 – 70,000 by Christie’s International in London yesterday but fierce bidding escalated the bidding over ten minutes.
The Times reported that there were “gasps and oohs coming from the audience as the price quickly increased it became a test of nerves, and bank balance, between three bidders, two in the room and one on a telephone.”
It was eventually sold for £410,000 to a anonymous telephone bidder.
The dress was given to Hubert de Givenchy to French author Dominique La Pierre to benefit a charity that helps poor people in India. The La Pierre family run a City of Joy Aid – a charity devoted to combating poverty in India and Monsier Dominic Lapierre witnessed the sale.
“There are tears in my eyes. I am absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools.” He said.