Elizabeth Taylor's National Velvet costume
Elizabeth Taylor’s National Velvet costume is one of the most famous movie costumes worn by the actress during her career.
The character of childhood jockey Velvet Brown in the 1944 film ‘National Velvet’ was Taylor’s breakthrough role, starring opposite Mickey Rooney at the age of just 12 years old.
The racing silks and riding pants worn during the film are labelled “Made in England Exclusively for Pesterre’s Beverly Hills”, and include an internal label with Taylor’s name and the MGM costume codes “I-133” and “B-2 377-1.”
In June 2011 the costume was placed up for sale at a Profiles in History auction of the Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood costumes and props with a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 - $15,000. They were sold for a price of $73,800.
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