When pre-loved cost a fortune…

16 May

When I read an article about how much Marilyn Monroe’s cocktail dress sold for at an auction in LA , I finally had an actual proof that my shopping habits aren’t actually just a waste of money. I have repeatedly told my family and friends who keep nagging me about how much money I waste on shopping and things that I don’t need, that it isn’t a waste of money but it is in a form of investment! Now, I know I’m no Marilyn or Audrey whose second hand clothing sells for a fortune, but one can hope that someday one will be able to also sell their pre-loved goodies for a decent figure!

A black cocktail dress worn by Marilyn Monroe at a cocktail party in 1958 has surpassed its presale estimate of $20,000 – $30,000 and sold for a record breaking $348,000 on the 8th of May at an auction. It’s a beautiful black crepe cocktail dress with deep V-neck and low-cut back, with pouf hemline. The interior label reads “front” to identify the front of the dress. The “front” was a common addition to custom made garments from that era.


Last year the iconic pink satin dress Marilyn wore in the famous film “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” sold for $313,000. The size 14 gown in which Monroe sings “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend” beat its expected asking price of $170,000 in one of Hollywood’s largest auctions.


Also up for sale at this last auction where Marilyn’s dress sold for $348,000, was the straw hat worn by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Funny Face’, which was estimated to sell for $2,000 – $3,000 and sold for an amazing $15,360. Elizabeth Taylor’s throne from the 1963 movie ‘Cleopatra’ was estimated to sell for $1,000 – $1,500 and settled for  $7,040.



So my lovelies, don’t feel guilty about your last purchase as you might be able to get thousands in return for it. Maybe wishful thinking, but you never know! 😉




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