An Elizabeth Taylor coutour gown from "A Place in the Sun"

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Lot 2169
An Elizabeth Taylor coutour gown from "A Place in the Sun"

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 20,000 - 27,000
Amended

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An Elizabeth Taylor coutour gown from "A Place in the Sun"
Paramount, 1951. Off-white strapless layered chiffon gown, one of the most storied gowns in film history. "A Place in the Sun" is a vastly improved remake of 1931's "An American Tragedy." Elizabeth Taylor plays glamorous socialite Angela Vickers whose love affair with George Easten played by Montgomery Clift, turns to tragedy, but not before the 1950s bobbysoxers were mesmerized by the passionate, loving, erotic closeups between Taylor and Clift as they pledge eternal devotion. The film took six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Designed by the legendary Edith Head, this was the first strapless dress in film, and it caused a major sensation. The style was copied over and over again by New York designers and as it became the fashion rage of high society, so it began to invade high school proms and wedding chapels too.

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  • Estimate should read $25,000-35,000.
  • Lot Nos. 2046 through 2169 consist of costumes that were produced for the stated [actors in their] roles in the designated films but [unless expressly stated in the text below the bold heading,] may not have appeared in the final cut of the film. In some cases this is inconsistent with what may be stated in the bold heading in the catalog for a given lot and therefore should be considered an amendment of the bold heading.
An Elizabeth Taylor coutour gown from "A Place in the Sun"
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