Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra Cape

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra Cape, The elaborate golden cape worn by legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor in two major scenes from the 1963 film Cleopatra is to go up for auction.

Bidding for the intricate garment, made from leather and gold, is set to start at $10,000 when it goes under the hammer at Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions on May 30, reported Daily Mail online.

But industry insiders predict bidding could soar way beyond that, reaching into the hundreds of thousands. The leather and gold garment, designed to look like the wings of a Pheonix, were worn in the two most memorable scenes in the blockbuster movie.

The costume, designed to look like the wings of a phoenix, is intricately designed using thin strips of gold leather and embellished with thousands of seed beads, bugle beads and bead-anchored sequins.

The craftsmanship involved is impressive and plays testament to the time, effort and money that went into the design of Taylor’s costumes – the star was allocated an incredible $194,800 wardrobe budget for the film.

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