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    Jacqueline Kennedy: Personally-owned Dress. Sleeveless, one-piece evening dress, size and maker unknown, 39" in length from collar to hem. It consists of metallic gold mesh applied over sheer nylon gauze. A silk slip or under-dress is included. The collar and bottom of the dress are accented with bands of pearls and rhinestones set within metallic braid. The dress was last offered in a March 2002 auction. The catalog [included] entry indicates it was made for the First Lady by a Palm Beach designer. Jackie gave the dress to former movie extra Reba Hille, who actively collected costumes for close to 60 years. Her husband, J. Craig Hille, was a portrait artist for MGM. The Hilles were personal friends with Peter Lawford who introduced them to President and Mrs. Kennedy when they came to Palm Beach. Hille painted portraits of John & Ted Kennedy in-between visits to the White House. The Hille costume collection was exhibited at the Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island, Florida prior to its dispersal. The dress is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Trish Hessey Autographs dated January 6, 2010, a photo of Hille, a copy of a Palm Beach newspaper article about Hille and her collection, a receipt from the California auction house (Odyssey Auctions) that originally sold the dress in 1998 along with their Certificate of Authenticity. limited to the original purchaser.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2016
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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