Lucille Ball's Iconic Polka-dot Dress Sells at Auction for $168K

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Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 12:31 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Lucille Ball's polka-dot dress worn during her iconic "I Love Lucy" television series sold for $168,000 at the Profiles in History auction on July 30. said experts predicted that the legendary comedienne's dress would sell for between $40,000 and $60,000, but bids soared well above that total.

"I Love Lucy" ran from 1951 to 1957 and can still be seen in reruns. The sitcom featured Ball as a showbiz-wannabe living with her husband, a Cuban bandleader and was often visited by their landlords, who also happen to be their best friends and co-conspirators, said the bio.

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The show was nominated for numerous Primetime Emmy Awards during its run, including a 1956 win for Ball as Best Actress - Continuing Performance, a 1954 win for Vivian Vance for Best Supporting Actress, and Best Situational Comedy in 1953, according to

Ball's dress was not the actress' only item put on the auction blocks. At the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, N.Y.. this past weekend, many pieces of memorabilia from Ball and her late former husband and "I Love Lucy" co-star Desi Arnaz were auctioned off.

Those items, according to the Westfield Republican, included Ball's red velvet dress from the 1974 musical "Mame," Ball's pink sequined costume from the first episode of "The Milton Berle Show," Ball's Charlie Chaplin costume (jacket and pants) from a "The Lucy Show" episode, her monogrammed sewing case with initials engraved and sewing supplies, a "The Lucy Plate" by Danbury Mint, a collection of two clear glass ashtrays from Ball's Beverly Hills home, a mounted 1956 TV Stage magazine with Ball and Arnaz, and an original 1946 movie poster of "Two Smart People," starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak. stated that a selection of costumes from classic movie "The Sound of Music" sold for $1.3 million at the Profiles in History auction as well. The costumes included the main outfit worn by the Julie Andrews' character Maria, which was described in the auction handbook as "a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-colored homespun blouse," reported the website.

A costume worn by late actor James Gandolfini in his final scene of "The Sopranos" sold for $22,000, according to

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