'Greatest' Royal Ballet dancer's dress will auction priced £60,000



2015-06-26 12:01:17

'Greatest' Royal Ballet dancer's dress will auction priced 60,000

Kerry Taylor will sell the dress of Margot Fonteyn, one of the 20th century's finest ballerinas

A historic gown worn by Margot Fonteyn - widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time - for herrole of Odile inSwan Lake will auction next Tuesday (June 8).

Kerry Taylor Auctions of Londonis offeringthe dress with an estimate of 40,000-60,000.

The role of Odile was one of Fonteyn's (1919-1991, pictured top right) most memorable and celebrated roles.

The dress of black velvet and tulle adorned with elaborate gold strapwork and sequins, also bears the Royal Opera house printed label bearing her name.

 Margot Fonteyn's dress, worn in her role as Swan Lake's Odile

She danced this role with Nureyev from 1966-68 and 1971-73.

Fonteyn spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II.

Kerry Taylor's sale will be held in Pall Mall, London on Tuesday, June 8. Pre-sale viewings for interested buyers will be held on Sunday, June 6 and Monday, June 7.

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