As everyone is well aware this weekend is the OSCARS! The air in Hollywood is electric with hopes and dreams. There's been so many great memories from previous Oscars. For example, we surely all recall the 1999 Academy Awards when Whoopi Goldberg hosted. That was the year both "Shakespeare in Love" and "Elizabeth" were both nominated for Best picture and 2 actresses were nominated for portraying Queen Elizabeth. The highlight of the evening came at the beginning of the show when Whoopi Goldberg stepped onto the stage wearing a full head to toe Elizabethan costume. The outrageous costume garnered huge laughs and is sited as "The" moment at that year's show.
The costume and sketch was sold at the 2005 Christie's auction. The sketch was valued at $200-300 and the dress at $3000-$5000, the two lots sold for $24,720. The auction was planned with 10 percent of the sales going to Elton John's AIDS Foundation. I hope a museum or patron won these lots so that these pieces can be on display for years to come.