Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress -- the one she wore as an 18-year-old when she married Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950 -- is slated to be sold at auction at Christie's in London on June 26. The gown, a gift to Taylor from MGM and designed by costume designer Helen Rose, is made of 25 yards of satin with a 15-foot train. It's corseted and embellished with bugle beads and seed pearls. It is expected to fetch about $75,000. [Telegraph]
Christie's also plans to auction off much of fashion critic Suzy Menkes' wardrobe this summer in an online sale July 11-22. The sale includes designer items going back to the 1960s, because, Menkes says, she has never disposed of anything since she headed off to college. [Harper's Bazaar]
Auctions don't always go as expected. Mark Hamill's "Jedi jeans" failed to sell in an online auction in which they'd been expected to fetch as much as $100,000, writes my colleague Adam Tschorn.
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Denise Garrido of Alberta was crowned Miss Universe Canada on Saturday. But hours later, the crown was revoked when contest organizers said there had been a vote miscount. The real winner was Riza Santos of Calgary ... and Garrido was third runner-up. [The Star]