Shopaholic alert! Open your eyes to these 10 over-the-top fashion buys in history

Shopaholic alert! Open your eyes to these 10 over-the-top fashion buys in history


Extreme guilt is an emotion every shopaholic has to go through after a splurging session. You know that familiar feeling when a little black dress or a pair of red pumps tug at your heart so much that you have got to own them. But later, you swear at yourself for having little self-control. This list of the biggest fashion buys in history will prove that you are not utterly hopeless after all!

1 Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s Givenchy Dress

The figure hugging black Givenchy dress was worn by Audrey Hepburn in her all time famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s which released in 1961. This is the dress which kick-started the ‘little black dress’ trend. In 2006, it was auctioned off at an unbelievable £467,200 ($923,187), thus becoming one the costliest fashion buys.

Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s Givenchy Dress

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2 Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress

Marilyn Monroe wore this world famous gown at John F Kennedy’s forty fifth birthday celebration in 1962. The flesh colored, skin fitting dress was adorned with 2500 sparkling rhinestones and cost $12,000 originally. In 1999 it was auctioned off in New York for $ 1.26 million and this fashion buy took its place in history.

Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress

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3 Monroe’s Hot Pink Dress

Another one of Monroe’s dresses that has stolen millions of hearts is the bright pink gown she donned in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In June 11, 2010, this stunner was sold for $ 310,000.

Monroe’s Hot Pink Dress

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4 Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring

This beauty has been fashioned out of platinum and encrusted with a 6.01 carat brilliant blue diamond flanked by two shimmery, pink oval diamonds on each side. In 2011, an anonymous buyer purchased it for $10 million.

Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring

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5 The Bvlgari Blue Diamond Ring

This iconic piece of jewellery has an exquisite design and is truly a work of art. Initially, it was purchased as a gift for a European collector’s wife for $ 1 million. Today, it is valued around $12 million.

The Bvlgari Blue Diamond Ring

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6 The Graff Pink Ring

This enchanting piece is famous for its stunning baby pink rock that weighs about 24.78 carat. Known as the Graff pink diamond ring, it acquired its name when it was bought in 2010 by diamond dealer Laurence Graff for about $ 38 million, thus making it one of the costliest fashion buys in history.

The Graff Pink Ring

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7 Stuart Weitzman’s Monroe Stilettoes

Monroe surely is appearing many times in this list, which is not at all surprising given her impeccable taste and timeless beauty. But this time the case is a little different as these stilettoes were not really worn by Monroe; they are just named after her by Weitzman. They made the chart of costliest fashion buys when they were auctioned off for a whopping $1 million.

Stuart Weitzman’s Monroe Stilettoes

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8 Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Stilettoes

This is yet another breath-taking design by Weitzman, which, he named after Hayworth, who is truly a Hollywood legend. Valued at $3 million, they are studded with diamonds, sapphires, rubies and many more priceless gems. The pair is currently owned by Hayworth’s daughter.

Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Stilettoes

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9 The Henry Graves Super complication

In 1933, Patek Philippe delivered a piece named Super complication to the banker Henry Graves after taking five years to build it. It was named so as it consists of 24 mechanical ‘complications’. It was auctioned off in 1999 for $ 11 million.

The Henry Graves Super complication

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10 The Panther Bracelet

This exquisite bracelet was designed by the renowned jeweler Cartier for Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Shaped like a majestic panther, this bracelet is studded entirely with diamonds, the only exception being the Panther’s green eyes, which are onyxes. It was sold at an auction at Sotheby’s for $7 million, thus becoming the most expensive Cartier item ever sold.

The Panther Bracelet

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Now you can go back to shopping till you drop without your conscience pricking you, because you know perfectly well how extravagant some people can get – you have way better self-control than all of them.

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