Like a splurgin': Madonna's famous bustier sells for $72,000 at auction


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Halloween is just five days away, PopWatchers, so it’s really time to settle on that costume. Will you go current and dress up as Driver from Drive (Why, oh why, isn’t that jacket available yet?!) or will you go classic and opt for vintage 80’s Madonna? If you chose the latter — and happened to have $72,000 — you’re in luck! You’ll be sporting Madge’s classic black bustier (tassels and all!) that she wore during her Who’s That Girl world tour in 1987.

According to UK’s The Daily Mail, the trend-setting corset (when was the last time you saw a female pop star wearing pants?) was auctioned off for a whopping $72,000, far surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000. (Fishnets, presumably, not included.) In addition to the bustier, (which has resided at both The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Frederick’s of Hollywood Museum) 23 Madonna memorabilia items were auctioned off at the Julien’s Auctions’ Legends series over the weekend — including a signed copy of her 1992 book Sex, which went for $3,200 — for a grand total of $100,000.

So, congrats on your new purchase, highest bidder! We’re sure you’ll enjoy owning a piece of pop culture history. But please, for Madge’s sake, don’t put it near any hydrangeas.

Which item of Madonna’s would you be willing to shell out the most money for, PopWatchers? Is it this very corset or would you go for the wedding dress she rolled around in at the VMAs? Her Rockford Peaches baseball uniform from A League of Their Own or a signed copy of Swept Away? And, are you really going as Madonna for Halloween? Share in the comments section below.

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Comments (6 total) Add your comment
  • Shannon

    And yet her brother goes homeless. Not that it’s her responsibility…

  • Anonymous

    In that pic Madonnas thighs look like mule legs. When they dig a fingeprint test on the corset it had the fingerprints of every actor who was famous in the late 1980s and 1990s on it.

  • jerk

    The people who bought probably misunderstood. They thought they just paying Madonna 2 not ever wear it again not buying the outfit.

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