Guess How Much Joanna Lumley’s ‘Ab Fab’ Wardrobe Sold For?
Joanna Lumley auctioned off her Patsy Stone wardrobe from ‘Ab Fab’ for charity—and you’ll never believe how much it raised!
Squish squish, darling! Joanna Lumley, aka Patsy Stone, got to wear some glorious wardrobe pieces during the five-season run of the hilarious Britcom Absolutely Fabulous—and now they’ve been put to an even better use: Raising money for charity!
According to Vogue, Joanna’s designer Ab Fab wardrobe raised £15,010 for The Prince’s Trust in an auction held on Tuesday night. That’s almost $24,000! A charity begun by Prince Charles in 1976, The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged youths with by providing both practical and financial support to help them develop the workplace skills they need to thrive. Never let it be said that Patsy and Edina have no hearts!
Which item went for the most? Why, the Joseph zebra-striped jersey jacket worn by Joanna/Patsy in Ab Fab’s opening credits. Y’know, this one:
That magnificent jacket went for a whopping £850 (roughly $1,348). Everything went for pretty high prices—the hat Patsy wore to Staffy’s wedding, for instance, went for £700 ($1,110), and a pair of plain ol’ black gloves raked in £260 ($412).
Joanna also donated a few items out of her own wardrobe (Patsy can’t have all the fun, after all!), including the cotton Mexican-inspired dress she was wearing when she met her hubby, opera conductor Stephen Barlow (they got married back in 1986. Awww!). The dress sold for £400 ($635).
The actress, who supports a wide variety of charities and causes, attended the auction herself, as well. “It was huge fun selling off some of my most famous wardrobe treasures,” she said about the event. “I’m thrilled that the clothes will get a second life with their new owners and that young people will benefit from the funds the sale has contributed to The Prince’s Trust. It’s sad to say goodbye to some of my favorite clothes, but I can keep the happy memories they represent, and the money raised will help vital work to support young people across the UK, so everybody wins!” Hear, hear!
Check out more pics of the items sold over at Vogue.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.