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NEW YORK (Reuters) One of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s Dior evening gowns sold for $362,500, boosting the total for the auction of her haute couture to $2.6 million at Christie’s.

The silver encrusted brocade gown from 1968, with matching bag, had been estimated at about $5,000, but a protracted bidding war among several determined would-be buyers drove the price to about 70 times that, including commission.

The Wednesday sale, the third in a weeks’ worth of auctions of Taylor’s storied jewels, clothes, memorabilia and other items, was not marked by the freewheeling frenzy that prevailed on Tuesday, when her finest jewelry took in $116 million.
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