The world's top auction bidders, they're just like us! If you routinely dole out millions of dollars for famous artifacts, that is. You won't believe the level these pop-culture junkies are playing on, either. Check out some world-record holders—and close contenders—from the fascinating world of high-stakes auctions.
Lady Gaga, an avowed Michael Jackson fan, purchased 55 of his performance outfits in 2012. The lot's official price tag was kept under wraps, but was reported to be in the "hundreds of thousands" of dollars by Rolling Stone. And, you can't put a price on love and bravery.
After making the purchase, Lady Gaga tweeted: "The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide."She even wore one of his costumes to a 2016 rally for Hillary Clinton, in case this looked familiar:
Jackson's gloves have also been a hot item at auction, and one pair landed in the Guinness Book for fetching $420,000 in 2009.
From sparkling gloves to pinstripe suits...In 2015, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a fetching suit to a meeting with President Barack Obama.
Though the suit was criticized for its flamboyance, it landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive suit ever purchased at an auction. It sold for... wait for it... $694,000!
Clothing and accessories worn in classic movies are often a hit at auction. A pair of ruby red slippers that Judy Garland wore in a screen test for the Wizard of Oz went for $690,000 at a private auction in 2011.
Audrey Hepburn's iconic Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's earned $890,000 in 2009.
And, her Cecil Beaton-designed ascot dress from My Fair Lady grabbed $4.5 million in 2015.
Marilyn Monroe made fashion headlines in 2016, when the slinky Jean Louis gown—which she was sewn into in order to sing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962— sold at auction for $4.8 million.
That's just a little bit less than the price tag for her mega-famous white dress, which took home $5.6 million in 2011. Subway grate sold separately.
Hey, it costs a pretty penny to look this iconic.
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