Magazine article Dance Magazine

Fonteyn Draws Packed House Again

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Fonteyn Draws Packed House Again

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Tutus and other belongings of the late Dame Margot Fonteyn raised 654,144 [pounds sterling] ($953,400) December 12, auctioneers at Christie's in London said. "It was extremely busy. The sale room was packed, with a couple of hundred people in attendance," a spokeswoman said.

Born in Britain in 1919, Fonteyn was considered one of the most talented ballerinas of the twentieth century. She became an international star in 1946 in a Royal Ballet performance of Sleeping Beauty. The pink tutu designed by Oliver Messel that she wore in that production was one of the personal items that went under the hammer. Christie's said they were put on sale by a close relative.

"The top lot was an evening dress by Yves Saint Laurent, which sold for 91,750 [pounds sterling]," the spokeswoman said. Other lots were the dancer's Christian Dior wedding outfit; the tutu and headdress, designed by Leslie Hurry, that she wore in Swan Lake; and photographs and memorabilia charting her prolific career and personal life. …

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