Top 10 Sales of Celebrity Underwear
Ten examples of celebrity smalls that have crossed the auction block.
10) Bernie Madoff's pants
Convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff's possessions were unceremoniously auctioned off in 2011 by U.S Marshalls, to raise funds for the thousands of people he ripped off through illegal Ponzi schemes. Included were a collection of 12 pairs of Bernie's boxers, which raised the grand total of $200. Thankfully Madoff no longer needs them, as his sentence means he'll be provided with prison-issue underwear for the next 145 years. (Image: Wikipedia)
9) JFK's long johns
John F. Kennedy may have been famous for his alleged womanising, but he never went commando as Commander-in-Chief. A pair of the President's warm woollen long-johns (also known as a 'State of the Union-Suit) sold at Heritage in 2010 for $6,000. (Image: Heritage Auctions)
8) Monica Lewinsky's negligee
In 1996, Monica Lewinsky's affair with Bill Clinton almost brought down his Presidency and also ruined a perfectly good blue dress. A black lace negligee worn by Lewinsky was offered at auction in 2013, along with a collection of her memorabilia from the politically-sensitive period. However with no bidders interested it was a case of 'close, but no cigar' for the unusually helpful intern. (Image: Nate D. Sanders)
7) Walter White's Y-fronts
Having spent five seasons rooting for a violent meth dealer, Breaking Bad fans went crazy in 2013 when Walter White's Y-fronts crossed the auction block. Heisenberg's briefs, worn during the show's first episode, sold during a ScreenBid sale of memorabilia for $9,900. (Image: Screenbid)
6) Kylie Minogue's underwear
Kylie Minogue is certainly no stranger to being scantily clad, having personally helped increase sales of gold hot pants by 9,000% in the UK. This set of red silk underwear was worn by Minogue on the cover of her 2012 calendar, and sold for charity at Christie's in 2011 for £5,000. (Image: Christie's)
5) Queen Victoria's bloomers
During her 63-year reign, Queen Victoria expanded almost as much as the British Empire did. The proof lies in her regal bloomers, which measured an impressive 52 inches around the waistline. The Queen was known to give pairs of her knickers as mementos to members of her household staff, many of which were later re-used as sails by the British Navy. However, some pairs survived intact and one particular set sold at Chippenham Auction Rooms in 2015 for £10,500. (Image: Chippenham Auction Rooms)
4) Elvis Presley's underpants
Elvis may have been known for his blue suede shoes, but in 2012 someone tried to auction his brown stained pants as well. Unsurprisingly there weren't too many takers for the King's stage-soiled Y-fronts, and they were quickly returned to sender. (Image: Omega Auctions)
3) Barbara Streisand's satin teddy
In 1970 Barbara Streisand played a foul-mouthed part-time prostitute in The Owl and the Pussycat, a movie sadly not based on the children's poem by Edward Lear. Streisand's risqué black satin and lace teddy (with helpful pink hand guides) worn during the film sold at Julien's in 2004 for $13,250. (Image: Julien's)
2) Marilyn Monroe's black brassier
In 1954, the sight of Marilyn Monroe's underpants in The Seven Year Itch sent cinema goers crazy. Sixty years later, the sight of her bras in an auction room had the same effect on bidders. A black bra formerly belonging to the Hollywood icon sold at a Julien's auction in 2014 for $25,600. (Image: Julien's)
1) Madonna's bustier
According to a recent poll, the number of people who've seen Madonna in her underwear outnumbers those who've heard her sing by 8 to 1. Her Royal Madgeness is prone to a provocative outfit or ten, and owns conical bras so pointy that her concert goers are issued safety goggles. Amongst the most valuable of her revealing stage costumes is a black bustier worn during the 1987 Who's That Girl Tour. Having been exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it sold at Julien's in 2011 for $75,000. (Image: Julien's)
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