The hat that Michael Jackson made famous goes under the hammer and is expected to fetch up to 10,000
13:30 GMT, 26 June 2012
The world mourned three years ago when the King of Pop tragically passed away.
Now Michael Jackson fans have the chance to get their hands on a coveted piece of memorabilia when a hat that the star himself made famous goes under the hammer today.
The trademark white fedora with a large Michael Jackson signature to the brim is being auctioned by Matthew Fiddes, who worked for Jackson sporadically over a 12 year period.
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The fedora was given to Fiddes by Jackson in 2009
The item, with a black leather headband
and golden stamp of the star's name, was given to Fiddes by Jackson in
2009 and is expected to fetch around 7000-10,000 at Kerry Taylor's
auction house today.
The auction will also feature exquisite
gothic-style pieces from Alexander McQueen’s final collection in 2010
and the Bill Gibb wedding dress worn by Lulu for her marriage to the
celebrity hairdresser John Frieda in 1976.
Other fine accessories to go under the
hammer include a plethora of Herms and Chanel handbags – the star
piece being a scarlet crocodile Birkin estimate 25,000-35,000 and a fabulous pair of carved and painted wooden ladies shoes from the late 17th century, estimate 8000-12,000.
Michael Jackson made the fedora famous
notably, two of the stunning headpieces that helped propel Kate
Middleton into the spotlight as royal trendsetter are up for sale.
Two hats hired by the Duchess of Cambridge to wear at events she attended before she married William were listed for sale by Kerry Taylor Auctions last month with a sale estimate of 1,000-1,500.
The first item on offer is a black and white disc-shaped Philip Somerville creation made out of straw with woven horsehair brim and feather plumes that she wore to great effect when her boyfriend joined the Order of the Garter at Windsor in June 2008.
Two hats worn by the Duchess of Cambridge are set to sell at auction today
The second is by Aurora and features a swirling organza crown. It was worn by Kate to attend the wedding of William’s close friend, Harry Meade, in October 2010 shortly before their own engagement was announced.
In fact, the couple’s happy demeanour and evident closeness on the day sparked much speculation that something was afoot.
While most fashion watchers assumed that Kate had bought the hats, in fact she hired them from Get Ahead Hats in Reading, part of a farmers’ wives co-operative – near her family home in Berkshire, for around 100 a time.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore the black hat, which she hired,
to a friend's wedding in 2012 (left), and wore a black and white
disc-shaped Philip Somerville to the Order of the Garter at Windsor in
Both hats are estimated to fetch
between 1,000 and 1,500, though Kerry Taylor Auction house admits the
final price could be much higher
A source there told the Mail: ‘Kate came in with her mother, Carole, and sister, Pippa. Even then she knew exactly what she wanted and had a very strong sense of style. She came in on several occasions and was an absolute pleasure to deal with.’
After Kate wore the hats they were put to one side by the owner until they were offered for sale through Kerry Taylor Auctions.
Kerry Taylor also auctioned the famous see-through dress that Kate wore as a student when she caught William’s eye for 78,000 last year.
Miss Taylor said: ‘Before her fairy-tale wedding last year when she was created HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Kate, like any other ordinary girl, visited her local milliner if she needed a hat for a special occasion.
‘With an eye for economy and practicality, as hats take up masses of storage space, she preferred to hire a hat for the day rather than purchase it outright.
‘She was sometimes accompanied by her mother Carole who helped her make the right selection.
‘Given her recent transformation into a style icon we are confident there will be a great deal of interest in them.’
The lots are being sold with hire receipts and copies of diary entries showing Kate’s appointments at the shop.
Kate Middleton isn't the only member of the Royal family to feature in the auction today.
Other royalty-related pieces include King Charles I’s nightshirt and a handsome trunk that belonged to King George V.
A tartan green suit worn by the Duke of Windsor will go under the hammer alongside Kate Middleton's sought-after hats
A green tartan Hunting Lord of the Isles evening suit worn by The Duke of Windsor in 1950 will also go under the hammer.
Although the suit is not to everyone's taste, the Duke was famous for his eye-catching style and the item is expected to fetch up to 12,000.