Carey Mulligan's Met Ball dress sells at auction for a 'steal' at $2,950
15:49 GMT, 22 May 2012
The dazzling sequin dress worn by Carey Mulligan to this year's Met Ball has sold on eBay for $2,950.
The four-figure final bid has been deemed a 'bargain' for the custom-made Prada dress, which came in a tiny U.S. size 2-4, and was embellished with hundreds of gold and silver paillettes.
A typical Prada dress would cost up to $4,000; custom and heavily embellished creations sell for several times that figure.
A Prada steal The four-figure final bid has been deemed a 'bargain' for the Carey Mulligan's custom-made Prada dress, which was embellished with hundreds of gold and silver paillettes
Thirty-five bidders battled it out for the 'piece of fashion history,' which appeared for auction only two days after the 26-year-old wore the dress on the red carpet earlier this month.
The actress auctioned off her dress with a starting bid of $500 to help raise money for Oxfam America.
While the sparkling halter-neck dress quickly received bids, it was tipped to fetch a larger sum.
Top bid: 35 bidders battled it out for the 'piece of fashion history', however the final sale price of under $3,000 has a few people in the fashion industry baffled
The Oscar nominee attended the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art with her new husband Marcus Mumford.
The pair married last month surrounded by close friends and family in Somerset.
Photographed dancing the night away in her dress with Mr Mumford, who she married last month, the actress sparkled in her bespoke Prada number.
Newly-weds: Ms Mulligan, 26, sparkled with her new husband Marcus Mumford during the Met Gala
While sitting down during the evening, Ms Mulligan said: 'I might start losing sequins but that's OK. They were very laissez-faire about it.'
This isn't the first time Ms Mulligan has donated a red-carpet dress to Oxfam, however.
The actress gave her Vionnet gown she wore to the 2010 BAFTA Awards, where she won best actress for her role in An Education, to Oxfam also, which the charity then sold on her behalf.