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Kate Middleton's Style Signature Sells Big at Auction

Two hats worn by the Duchess fetch three times as much as expected at auction

Kate Middleton's Hat Auction

Photo by Keystone Press

Kate Middleton's Hat Auction

Photo by Keystone Press

It’s no secret that women everywhere are clamouring for a piece of Kate Middleton’s classic style. While some of her more affordable fast fashion purchases are definitely attainable, one fan of the Duchess’ signature chapeaus has managed to snag fascinators actually worn by Middleton herself.

Initially expected to go for $1,500-$2,300, the hats each ended up selling in the $5,500 range, going to one anonymous bidder. The first hat, designed by milliner Philip Somerville, features black and white feather detailing and was worn by the Duchess in 2008. The second is slightly more dramatic, worn to a wedding shortly before the couple announced their own engagement.

Since becoming royalty last year, auction houses have actually been prohibited from putting up anything the Duchess owns for sale unless it has been sanctioned as a charity sale, but this anonymous bidder benefited from a technicality—Middleton only rented the hats before wearing. Put on by auction house Kerry Taylor, the same loophole allowed the company to sell off the infamous sheer slip dress Middleton wore at a student fashion show.

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