Works of Art or Waste of Money? Frocks That Cost a Fortune

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Works of Art or Waste of Money? Frocks That Cost a Fortune
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Whether you think these fancy frocks are priceless works of art or a frivolous indulgence of the filthy rich, you still want to see dresses that make you look like a million bucks.

Rocking the Rocks
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Rocking the Rocks

Draped in 200,000 diamonds, Entertainment Tonight host Maria Menounos interviewed stars at the 2004 Oscars. Wearing a $2.5 million Randi Rahm gown, Menounos easily outshines the attire of many celebrities. People magazine included Menounos in its list of Oscars Fashion Best in Show.

Sexy Spider
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Sexy Spider

Singer Samantha Mumba donned the $9 million diamond cobweb dress to the UK premier of Spider-Man 2. British designer Scott Henshall wove a web of 3,000 diamonds into the dress, approximately 483 carats, according to BBC news.

Pricey Prom
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Pricey Prom

You don’t need to be prom queen to be the belle of the ball. All eyes will be on you in this $13,997 diamond-encrusted, hand-sewn dress by La Femme Fashion. Too rich for your taste? DressGoddess.com also sells a $398 version, sans diamonds.

Old School Couture
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Old School Couture

This 1888 court dress designed by Charles Frederick Worth gives vintage a new meaning. Sold for $101,500 in 2001, it is the most expensive antique dress sold at auction, according to Guinness World Records.

The Prince’s Bride
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The Prince’s Bride

Wearing a 1936 Cartier tiara, borrowed from the Queen of England, Kate Middleton's dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen seems almost demure. A modern take on Victorian fashion with a cinched waist, built-in bustle and the hours and hours of hand-work make the $400,000 wedding dress feel like a steal – at least for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Little Black Dress
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Little Black Dress

Audrey Hepburn’s look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s epitomized the “little black dress” for Americans in 1961. The Hubert de Givenchy dress only increased in value, selling for $923,187 at Christie’s in 2006.

Some Like It Hot
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Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe made history in 1962 when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden. The gown she made famous that night sold at Christie’s for $1,267,500 in 1999.

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