Pride and Prejudice wet shirt up for auction

Worn by Colin Firth in the 1995 mini-series, the shirt is expected to fetch north of €8,000.
Colin Firth wearing ‘that’ shirt in Pride and Prejudice. Photo: BBC

Cosprop, a costume house founded by Oscar- and Bafta-winning designer John Bright, is teaming up with Kerry Taylor Auctions to sell the shirt worn by actor Colin Firth in the 1995 mini-series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Initial estimates say it will fetch between £7,000 and £10,000 (approximately €8,193 and €11,706)!

The BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s most famous work remains a landmark in both Austen adaptations and period-drama TV. Yet, perhaps, the most famous moment from the whole series is when we see Mr Darcy, played by a young Colin Firth, walking across his Pemberley estate, dripping wet after going for a swim. 

The scene has become absolutely iconic, with it being referenced in both Bridget Jones’s Diary – in which Firth portrays a Mr Darcy that was inspired by his work in the BBC mini-series – and in Bridgerton, when Jonathan Bailey steps out of a lake.

The shirt will be one of many television and film costumes going up for auction. Other notable items include Johnny Depp’s costume from Sleepy Hollow, Madonna’s Christian Dior taffeta ballgown from Evita, and Drew Barrymore’s ballgown from Ever After: A Cinderella Story.

Funds raised from the auction will be donated to the Bright Foundation, an arts charity foundation that iams to ‘help kids shine’.

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