The iconic wedding dress that Elizabeth
Taylor wore when she married hotel heir Conrad
“Nicky” Hilton Junior, the great-uncle of Paris
nd Nicky Hilton, in 1950
has sold at an auction for £121,875.
After an intense bidding war, the elaborate pearl-embellished gown was bought
by an unnamed institution at Christie’s auction house in London, and exceeded
its estimated sale price of £30,000.
The bridal gown was created by legendary costume designer Helen Rose who was
also responsible for Grace Kelly’s Princess of Monaco dress.
three months to make, and was inspired by the wedding dress that she wore when
she starred in Father of the Bride in the same year as her
marriage. The dress was presented to Elizabeth as a gift from MGM.
The cream-coloured gown with a satin train originally had a 20-inch waist that
showed off Elizabeth’s incredible figure, but was let out to 22 inches.
The late Hollywood star married Conrad at the tender age of 18. She was already
a celebrated actress and a year away from playing her Oscar-nominated
performance in A Place in the Sun.
ceremony was dubbed the “wedding of weddings” and the social event of
1950, with Hollywood celebrities Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire among the 700
The couple divorced
after just eight months due to Conrad’s alleged abusive behaviour and excessive
drinking and gambling.
Elizabeth, who once
said that “marriage was a great institution,” was known for her many
trips down the aisle. She had a total of eight weddings in her lifetime, to
seven husbands, as she married Richard Burton twice.
The dress she wore
to wed Conrad remained the most iconic of her selection.