Which stage performer had the most expensive costumes?
B. Lady Gaga
D. Sammy Davis Jr.
Answer: C. When it comes to great costumes, it's hard to beat Liberace. The famous pianist, who allegedly made over $5 million a year, spent millions on his costumes. Some of his most impressive pieces include a $750,000 mink cape trimmed with rhinestones (worth $1.3 million today); a 75-foot long, $700,000 white fox cape (worth $1.25 million today); and a $500,000 mink opera cape with a fox border (worth $894,000 today).
What is the most expensive film costume ever sold at auction?
A. Bela Lugosi's cape
B. The Chewbacca costume from The Empire Strikes Back
C. The ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz
D. Audrey Hepburn's dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's
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Answer: D. When Breakfast at Tiffany's was made, Audrey Hepburn's iconic Givenchy dress was pricey, though not record-setting. But when the dress was auctioned 45 years later, it became the most expensive movie costume ever. An anonymous bidder paid $924,347 (in current dollars, easily over $1 million) for it.
Which movie had the most expensive costumes in history?
B. Star Wars
C. Dangerous Liaisons
D. Terminator II: Judgment Day
Answer: A. At the time, Cleopatra was the most expensive movie ever made -- and the filmmakers didn't skimp on the clothing budget. In 1963, Elizabeth Taylor's costumes alone for the movie cost $194,800. In today's dollars, that would be $1.4 million.
If you were going for absolute accuracy, which costume would be most expensive?
A. Knight in shining armor
C. Victorian maiden
D. Spanish bullfighter
Answer: B. It's not really a costume, but if you're looking for an authentic Halloween look, it's hard to beat a flight-rated NASA space suit. Then again, with a price tag of $12 million, it is definitely on the expensive side.
What is the most expensive Halloween costume that is actually sold as a costume?
A. A suit of armor
B. A Superman costume
C. A Slinky costume
D. A Batman costume
Answer: B. Forget Superman and Batman -- the most expensive costume on the market is a $1 million Slinky costume made by Veniamin Shows. Then again, it comes with the exclusive right to perform publicly with the suit for five years -- an option that could help the costume to pay for itself.
Which designer has created the most expensive dress on the market?
Answer: A. If you're looking for something that will double as evening wear, British designer Debbie Wingham has the perfect thing: a $5.7 million jewel-encrusted dress. With 50 two-carat black diamonds sewn into its peblum and another fifty worked into the shoulder shrug, it doubles as jewelry. For an extra thrill, why not throw in Victoria's Secret's $2.5 million "Secret Fantasy" bra? Crusted with amethysts, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, it even comes with a removable 20-carat white diamond pin.
Who has created the most expensive men's suit on the market?
A. Polo Ralph Lauren
B. Hugo Boss
C. H. Huntsman of Savile Row
D. Richard Jewel
Answer: D. Forget the big name brands and impressive addresses: when it comes to top-priced men's monkey suits, most expensive address is in working-class Liverpool, where Richard Jewels' Diamond Edition suit guarantees to turn a few heads. A cashmere, silk and wool blend creation, it's impressive enough on its own, but the devil is in the details: 480 half-carat diamonds are sewn into the suit. And, while the $965,000 price tag may be a little daunting, it's still a great deal when compared to Debbie Wingham's $5.7 million masterpiece.
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