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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.

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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

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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.

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

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Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Aug 13, 2013 10:21PM
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

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
I loved her show,but couldn't afford any of that.
Aug 13, 2013 3:54AM
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

  "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
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

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
Somebody has a lot of money they don't know what to do with.
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