£1,500 for a straw hat worn by Kate Middleton! Any bidders?

Kate Middleton‘s hats are up for auction. Two “stylish straw hats” are coming up on the auction block and they’re oldies but goodies. Some may say their value is increased by the fact that these two fancy hats pre-date the Royal Wedding and mark some of Kate’s first appearances out and about with the Royals. In fact, the first hat up for auction marks Kate Middleton’s very first official event standing alongside the Royal Family in support of her soon to be husband. This first hat is from 2008 when Kate attended a ceremony to watch Prince William become a Knight of the Royal Garter. The second lot is more recent, from 2010, where Kate attended a wedding of a close friend alongside Prince William.

Now here’s something you might not know! Kate Middleton didn’t actually own these hats! Being the economical woman she was/is, Kate actually hired these hats from a local milliner for the day. The lots are being sold at Kerry Taylor Auctions complete with receipts for hire and diaries showing appointments for the “Miss Middleton.” Each lot is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500 and will go on sale for public auction in London on June 26th, 2012.

Image: From Kerry Taylor Auctions online catalogue. Images within copyrighted to Mirrorpix and Mark Cuthbert.


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