Irish firm pays €246,000 for iconic Grace Kelly dresses

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An Irish company has just forked out $355,000 (€246,000) at a New York auction for two dresses worn by Hollywood icon Grace Kelly.

Newbridge Silverware, more renowned for its classic tableware and jewellery products, has just added another two items to its own special collection in its museum of style icons, which opened earlier this year.

One of the outfits bought by the Co Kildare company for $135,000 is a vivid green Givenchy-designed sleeveless dress with matching fringed bolero jacket worn by Princess Grace during her first visit to her ancestral Ireland more than 47 years ago, and during an official visit to the White House for lunch with President Kennedy in 1961.

Also snapped up by the company for $220,000 was a Helen Rose-designed layered chiffon ball gown with rhinestones and pink and white embroidered flowers which was worn by a young Grace Kelly in the 1956 musical 'High Society'.

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