Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

Lucille Ball’s polka-dot dress sold for $168,000 at auction

Dress fetches far more than expected at auction.

By Kim Anne Aug 7, 2013 3:23PM

Lucille Ball's famed polka-dot dress, which she wore during her iconic "I Love Lucy" television series, has sold for $168,000 at the Profiles in History auction.

Living celeb style: The most stylish TV characters of all time

According to ContactMusic.com, experts had predicted the dress would sell from somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000, which turned out to be far below the final selling price. Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Living family: The best mom moments of all time

But Ball's dotted dress wasn’t the only item to be put up for auction. In addition to her signature polka-dot number, many pieces of memorabilia from Ball and her late former husband (who was also her “I Love Lucy” co-star) Desi Arnaz also were put up for sale this past weekend in New York. Additional items included Ball’s red velvet dress from the 1974 musical “Mame,” a pink sequin costume from the first episode of “The Milton Berle Show,” Ball's Charlie Chaplin costume (jacket and pants) from a "The Lucy Show" episode, her monogrammed sewing case with engraved initials and sewing supplies, a "The Lucy Plate" by Danbury Mint, a collection of two clear glass ashtrays from Ball's Beverly Hills home, a mounted 1956 TV Stage magazine with Ball and Arnaz, and an original 1946 movie poster of "Two Smart People," starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak, reports Newsmax.

Bing: Lucille Ball quotes

Tell us: Which of Ball’s items would be on your purchase list?

Subscribe to Simply Chic | Friend us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Find us on Pinterest

More Simply Chic...
Spanx jeans are now a reality!
Women buy designer clothes to fend off other women
Why Hollywood is going braless -- and would you ever?


More on Lucille Ball: 9 Things Lucille Ball Taught Us About Life

Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP
53Comments
Aug 13, 2013 10:21PM
avatar
You left out Phyllis Diller.  I would have named her over some of these other younger comediennes.  She was truly funny, turning her everyday life into humor.  Somehow this generation does not know much about the ladies that truly made us laugh, even at ourselves.  Hopefully there will again be a television station that devotes its time to re-presenting classic TV, comedy as it should be.  R.I.P. Lucille Ball, Martha Raye, Phyllis Diller, Gilda Radner, Joan Davis, Eve Arden and so many more.  I miss all of you.  :-(
Aug 13, 2013 6:50PM
avatar

I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke show were are ARE pure classics. Just good clean fun and harmless pranks for laughs.......Never goes out of style!!

Aug 13, 2013 6:46PM
avatar
I loved her show,but couldn't afford any of that.
Aug 13, 2013 3:54AM
avatar
They should make the male descendants of Joe McCarthy parade around in it to a black tie affair.  If they ever attend one?
Aug 7, 2013 7:54PM
avatar

  "I Love Lucy" show is a classic .. I find it today as funny as it was back in the 50's.. Why is it that this show is still successful and yet it doesnt' have the "sex" and "how soon can we get into bed" stuff like the garbage that is shown today?  

  Now go ponder this ??????  Let's go back to the old times of entertainment and perhaps there would be less "extramarital sex", teen pregnancy and violence.  Go ahead and do some thinking..

Aug 7, 2013 7:48PM
avatar
To bad America does not have the value it did back then, We the older generation got our values from shows like I Love Lucy, it was a better time when it was not about GREED.
Aug 7, 2013 7:32PM
avatar

I have raised my kids to watch I love Lucy...its one of the few programs that truly has talent and its is FUNNY without CRAP in it....I will always love Lucy and Ricky!

Aug 7, 2013 7:31PM
avatar
Somebody has a lot of money they don't know what to do with.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

  • Nike Free, courtesy of Amazon

    Comfortable (and stylish) walking shoes for travel

    Finding stylish and comfortable shoes for your trip abroad is easier said than done. Check out these 5 shoes that will save your feet during your next trip.

  • Altuzarra

    What Kate Middleton should wear for her second pregnancy: 6 looks from the spring 2015 runways

    This week’s surprise announcement about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy has already sparked speculation on what the Duchess will be wearing with her soon-to-be spare heir. What’s more, the spring 2015 collections in New York are providing Middleton with plenty of maternity-friendly ideas for day and night. Here, we pinpoint six looks that should carry the Duchess through her third trimester.

  • Power couples

    Get the street style look of 7 Fashion Week tribes for under $100

    Style inspiration doesn’t just come from the runway. Every Fashion Week, we look far beyond the shows themselves—from the designers and the traveling troupes of editors to the models, photographers, and showgoers, all sorts of style tribes are out hitting the pavement. To refresh our fall closet, we look to eight chic cliques, from the front-row power couples to street-style bloggers. Even better? Getting the look of your favorite tribe has never been easier—everything we’ve pulled is $100 or less.

  • Lucky

    5 fall fashion must-haves

    Autumn is upon us, and we’ve got sweaters, coats and booties on our minds! Below are the first things we’ll be buying (or have already bought!) to kick off next season.

  • Fall boot guide

    The ultimate fall boot guide

    As autumn approaches and the opportunity for days spent lying by the beach begins to wind down, there comes a time to trade the sand-strewn sandals of summer in for the bright, shiny new footwear of fall. And what’s the best way to kick off your closet in preparation for a brisk temperature drop? The boot. From animal print to glittery, hiking to fringed, our fall boots include everything you need to start the season off on the right foot.

  • Great jeans for adults

    The best back-to-school denim for grown-ups

    No matter what the era, denim is always a staple. From blue to black, acid-washed, studded, and shredded, there’s a denim to fit any mood (or body type). For this fall (and back-to-school month), we’ve rounded up our favorite picks of this all-American classic: Whether we are inspired by a nineties Kate Moss, Rihanna’s affinity for fringe, or model off-duty looks, our elevated denim guide is guaranteed to refresh your wardrobe just in time for the new season.

  • s1

    Upgrade your hair game with these get-gorgeous tips

    Beachy waves, soft strands—you can have the dream locks you've always wanted.

  • Z Zegna fall\winter 2014\Umberto Fratini\Indigital Images; MP Massimo Piombo spring\summer 2015; Antonio Marras spring\summer 2015\Yannis Vlamos\Indigital Images.

    11 style rules to break right now

    You already know wearing white after Labor Day is cool. But menswear is reinventing itself rapidly, leaving some long-held mandates by the wayside, not to mention a bunch of men with a lot of questions. Sure, some style laws are truly inviolable. Showing a quarter-inch of cuff will always be crucial, but with designers and dandies flaunting so many former taboos it's hard to tell what's in play these days. So we thought we'd take this opportunity to let you know which rules no longer apply.

  • Update your outfit with embellishments

    The ultimate under $100 guide to fall trends

    With every changing season, our shopping lists seem to grow and grow and grow . . . and yet our bank accounts somehow stay exactly the same! But don’t fret, you can capture all the best fall trends straight from the runway without breaking the bank. Whether you’re yearning for cozy knits, statement necklaces, or bold graphic pieces, our Fall Fashion Guide gives you the best looks—all for less than $100.

  • A.P.C. and Vanessa Seward

    Fashion Week A to Z: Vogue’s guide to spring 2015 shows

    Allow us to be frank: Fashion Week is a bit of a misnomer. What with the global sprawl of shows—from New York to London to Milan to Paris—it really should be Fashion Month. (Or Fashion Forever.) Either way, what better way to kick off the marathon of shows, after-parties, flights, and appointments than with our comprehensive A-to-Z guide to all things Fashion Week? Here, find out what to do, eat, see, wear, and keep your eye on this season.

  • Saucony sneakers

    Vogue editors’ Fashion Week picks for under $100

    Fashion Weeks may come and go (and with them a focus that shifts from statement coats to statement shoes and statement lips and eyes and back again), but one thing stays the same, no matter the date, year, or season: the editorial need for survival. And with that, you know, ideally looking good, too. Luckily for you, this season the Vogue.com team is divulging its Fashion Week “steals”; must-haves for under $100. From sneakers to a staple cardigan and a classic pair of shades, here are the fall-friendly items that we’ll be carrying with us long after the collections end.

  • Layer like a pro

    Fashion math: 13 formulas to layering like a pro

    Arm yourself from the cold with these foolproof tips.

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...