Earlier this month, there was news that two rental hats worn by Kate Middleton, before she married Prince William, would be up for bidding at Kerry Taylor‘s Passion for Fashion auction in London. The hats were estimated to sell for between $3,000 and $4,600, but the chapeauxs fetched more than $10,000 total.
Kate rented the toppers from the appropriately named Get Ahead Hats shop. She chose a black Philip Somerville (above) in 2008 for the Order of the Garter. In 2010, she rented another black topper by Aurora (below) to attend a friend’s wedding. The Somerville hat was auctioned off for around $5,000, and the Aurora piece for about $5,800 according to the Daily Telegraph.
The power of Kate Middleton never ceases to amaze us. Both hats went to one lucky anonymous bidder, who received rental receipts and diary entries that documented Kate’s appointments at the store. And let’s not forget major bragging rights.