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    Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress sells at auction

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    UNDATED (CBS) -- Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor's iconic dress which she wore for her first wedding to hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950, sold for £121,875 (USD 187,931) in London on Wednesday (June 26).

    The gown, which sold to an unnamed institution, fetched more than double its estimate.

    The dress is part of auction house Christie's "120 years of pop culture" auction, which sees more than 250 items, including props, costumes, photographs and other memorabilia go under the hammer, including never before seen Bob Dylan lyrics.

    Taylor, who married a total of eight times, was well known for her glamorous sense of fashion. The Helen Rose design, which the actress was given by her film studio MGM following the "Father of the Bride" movie, was probably the most conventional design she ever chose to walk down the aisle in. For both her weddings to fellow actor Richard Burton she opted both times for more colorful dresses.

    Some fifteen people worked on the white corseted dress, which took three months to make and contained more than 42 feet of satin.

    The Hollywood star would later donate the dress to an auction, where it was snapped up by its most recent owner. It was reportedly used again by the buyer's granddaughter at her wedding in 1974. But whilst Taylor's first marriage lasted for only nine months, the dress proved more of a lucky omen for its second wearer, who is said to still be happily married today.

    Other items which are due to be sold on the day include Bob Dylan lyrics for an unpublished song, called "Go Away You Bomb", which the musician wrote in 1963 while he was working on his album "The Freewheelin Bob Dylan".

    Other lots include various Marilyn Monroe, Beatles and Elvis Presley memorabilia.

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