Elizabeth Taylor's 1950 wedding dress sells for £121,000 at auction

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Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress has sold for double the estimated price when it went to auction at Christie's yesterday.

The Hollywood icon's first bridal gown - worn for her marriage to Hilton hotel heir Conrad Hilton in 1950 - was bought by an unnamed institution for a staggering £121,875.

Originally estimated to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000, the white satin gown (pictured) was created by costume designer Helen Rose (who also designed Grace Kelly's wedding dress).

Worn by Taylor when she was only 18-years-old, the gown was a present from MGM film studios and reportedly took 15 seamstresses two to three months to make.

The full length satin gown was decorated with bugle beads and seed pearls. It also had a fine silk gauze illusion neckline, and a built-in corset sized to fit Elizabeth Taylor's tiny 20-inch waist.

'The dress is inextricably tied to the golden age of Hollywood, as well as to the extraordinary life and career of the star who wore it,' said Christie's director Nicolette Tomkinson.

'Since it was unveiled, it has attained global appreciation, resulting in competitive bidding for it today,' she added.

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