Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic 1961 Oscars dress was found in an old suitcase.
Taylor’s dress, along with other pieces of clothing, was originally given to a family friend of the late British-American actor decades ago and then forgotten.
Taylor won the iconic Christian Dior dress on the same night she won the Best Actress Oscar for the 1960 film Butterfield 8.
She later called the dress her “luck charm.”
About 10 years after the Oscars, Taylor’s friend Anne Sanz was reportedly invited to her suite at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Sanz was told she could have “as many dresses” as she wanted from Taylor’s wardrobe.
Now all 15 items Sanz owns will be auctioned at Kerry Taylor Auctions in Bermondsey, London on December 6.
“Family contacted me about this collection, they were kept in a large suitcase in a spare room,” Kerry Taylor of Kerry Taylor Auctions said in a statement. “I think for years at Christmas they took them out to look at and then put them back but they haven’t really been touched so they’re in excellent condition.
“There are one or two things Anne wore, but she wasn’t wearing anything haute couture. I just couldn’t believe it when I saw them all. I immediately recognized the Soir e Rio dress, but I thought it was a Dior collection. They made a duplicate, I had to contact them and say, “I’m afraid you don’t have the original, because I do.”
“For something like this, items are only as good as their origin, and there’s nothing better than that origin.
“This is a once in a lifetime collection and I feel honored and privileged that they approached me – any auctioneer would give their teeth to have this prestigious collection. Fashionistas and Elizabeth Taylor fans alike will love some of the pieces.”
Taylor died in March 2011 at the age of 79.