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Back in the earlier years of their blossoming love, Kate Middleton wowed Prince William in a transparent dress at a charity fashion show. Little did they know that years later that dress would be sought after by potential buyers the world-over. The dare-to-bare dress, which is made from knitted lace was valued at around £10,000 but due to immense global interest in the one-off creation, it is expected to sell for much more when it goes under the hammer on the 17th of March.

The dress in question was worn by Kate at St Andrew’s University, as part of a charity fashion show in 2002. St Andrew’s is where the couple first met whilst studying for their undergraduate degrees. Kate wore black underwear underneath the see-through dress, and a pair of black heels to strut her stuff down the catwalk. William attended the show with friends and was instantly taken back by Kate’s beauty. After a period of courting the couple became an item, and the rest as they say is history.

Accomplished auctioneer, Kerry Taylor, told of the global phenomenon that is ‘Kate-mania’. Miss Taylor said: "I am quite astonished by the amount of interest from all over the world, from Korea to Japan to America."Literally there's global interest in the dress and that reflects the interest in Kate Middleton.” She continued that: "I feel quite sorry for her – if you're getting this kind of response to a dress that she wore for 10 minutes all those years ago it's quite extraordinary". Miss Taylor confirmed that Prince William had not called to place a starting bid. She went on to say: "I have sold some quite bizarre things. But this combines the complete 'Kate-mania' with the love story, the romance of it all, it's just a very special unique thing."

The transparent dress was the creation of student designer Charlotte Todd. Originally intended to be a skirt, the organisers of the fashion show insisted the garment was worn as a dress. Miss Taylor commented further by saying: "We've got people flying in from America, banks have telephones booked. "A lot of them are business people, it's possibly for investment and possibly publicity for whatever company they own.”

The dress will be sold in the Passion For Fashion auction on 17 March in central London. The auction will include over 250 lots, where other Royal items will be sold.

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