Kate Middleton dress fetches $105,000 at auction

LONDON Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:18pm GMT

1 of 3. The see-through knitted dress (R), as modelled by the fiancee of Britain's Prince William, Kate Middleton at the annual St Andrew's University charity fashion show in 2002, (R) is displayed as auctioneer Kerry Taylor takes bids for other items, during an auction in central London March 17, 2011.

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LONDON (Reuters) - A dress worn by Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton at a university fashion show in 2002 which reportedly sparked the royal's interest in his bride-to-be fetched 65,000 pounds ($105,000) on Thursday.

Including commission, the see-through mesh slip dress designed by Charlotte Todd sold for 78,000 pounds ($126,000). It had been expected to sell for 8,000-10,000 pounds.

Todd, who was in the saleroom at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London, said she planned to put the proceeds of the sale toward buying a house with her husband.

"I am totally speechless, and feel very emotional," she said. "I really didn't think it would make that amount. I am planning to put some of the money toward a deposit for a house, but perhaps I may use some to change my career."

Earlier, Todd had said: "If it is true that my design helped change the Prince's interest in Kate from platonic to romantic as has been reported, then I am pleased to have played a part -- however minor."

The dress went to a collector in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Middleton and William, who met at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001, are to marry in London's Westminster Abbey on April 29.

Among the other items sold on Thursday were two dresses worn by William's late mother Princess Diana -- a Zandra Rhodes pink chiffon dinner gown which sold for 30,000 pounds and a white formal lace evening gown which fetched 36,000 pounds.

A Louis Vuitton vanity case once belonging to U.S. socialite Wallis Simpson, the late wife of British King Edward VIII, went under the hammer for 48,000 pounds, several times its pre-sale estimate of 6-10,000 pounds.

(Reporting by Joanna Partridge and Mike Collett-White)

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