Halloween is just around the corner, and costume shops are thronged with hopeful party-goers putting together the perfect look for the holiday. Most of the time, the goal of a good Halloween costume is to give maximum effect with minimum cost. But if you're interested in going for a big splurge this year and are looking for a little inspiration, we humbly offer a peek at the most expensive costumes in history. Happy Halloween!
Pop Quiz: What Would Be the World's Most Expensive Halloween Costumes?
B. Lady Gaga
D. Sammy Davis Jr.
Answer: C. When it comes to great costumes, it's hard to beat Liberace. The famous pianist, who allegedly made over $5 million a year, spent millions on his costumes. Some of his most impressive pieces include a $750,000 mink cape trimmed with rhinestones (worth $1.3 million today); a 75-foot long, $700,000 white fox cape (worth $1.25 million today); and a $500,000 mink opera cape with a fox border (worth $894,000 today).
A. Bela Lugosi's cape
B. The Chewbacca costume from The Empire Strikes Back
C. The ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz
D. Audrey Hepburn's dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Answer: D. When Breakfast at Tiffany's was made, Audrey Hepburn's iconic Givenchy dress was pricey, though not record-setting. But when the dress was auctioned 45 years later, it became the most expensive movie costume ever. An anonymous bidder paid $924,347 (in current dollars, easily over $1 million) for it.
B. Star Wars
C. Dangerous Liaisons
D. Terminator II: Judgment Day
Answer: A. At the time, Cleopatra was the most expensive movie ever made -- and the filmmakers didn't skimp on the clothing budget. In 1963, Elizabeth Taylor's costumes alone for the movie cost $194,800. In today's dollars, that would be $1.4 million.
A. Knight in shining armor
C. Victorian maiden
D. Spanish bullfighter
Answer: B. It's not really a costume, but if you're looking for an authentic Halloween look, it's hard to beat a flight-rated NASA space suit. Then again, with a price tag of $12 million, it is definitely on the expensive side.
A. A suit of armor
B. A Superman costume
C. A Slinky costume
D. A Batman costume
Answer: B. Forget Superman and Batman -- the most expensive costume on the market is a $1 million Slinky costume made by Veniamin Shows. Then again, it comes with the exclusive right to perform publicly with the suit for five years -- an option that could help the costume to pay for itself.
Answer: A. If you're looking for something that will double as evening wear, British designer Debbie Wingham has the perfect thing: a $5.7 million jewel-encrusted dress. With 50 two-carat black diamonds sewn into its peblum and another fifty worked into the shoulder shrug, it doubles as jewelry. For an extra thrill, why not throw in Victoria's Secret's $2.5 million "Secret Fantasy" bra? Crusted with amethysts, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, it even comes with a removable 20-carat white diamond pin.
A. Polo Ralph Lauren
B. Hugo Boss
C. H. Huntsman of Savile Row
D. Richard Jewel
Answer: D. Forget the big name brands and impressive addresses: when it comes to top-priced men's monkey suits, most expensive address is in working-class Liverpool, where Richard Jewels' Diamond Edition suit guarantees to turn a few heads. A cashmere, silk and wool blend creation, it's impressive enough on its own, but the devil is in the details: 480 half-carat diamonds are sewn into the suit. And, while the $965,000 price tag may be a little daunting, it's still a great deal when compared to Debbie Wingham's $5.7 million masterpiece.