Dolly Parton’s Outfit From 1977 Concert Auctioned Off, Value May Shock You
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Dolly Parton’s 1977 Fort Worth concert attire was recently sold for a large amount.
Patric Parkey, an avid collector of Dolly Parton memorabilia in Pigeon, Tennessee, acquired the bedazzled orange cape at a Nashville auction, despite knowing little about its origin, except that it was worn by his idol Dolly Parton during a 1970s performance.
The allure of the orange and pearl rhinestone design, reminiscent of the star of Bethlehem, captivated him, leading him to spend approximately $5,000 on the unique piece.
Parkey learned from a Star-Telegram article on Monday, December 18 that the cape originated from Parton’s concert at Panther Hall in Fort Worth on December 2, 1977.
The story highlighted newly digitized negatives of photographs captured at the show, images unseen for 46 years. Even in black and white, Parkey promptly identified the sleeved tunic-like cape featured in the photos.
“Dolly is a very religious person, and if you look at the pictures — even in black and white — in the middle, it looks like the star of Bethlehem,” he told the Star-Telegram on Tuesday (Dec. 19) from his home.
Having discovered the specific details of when and where Dolly Parton wore the garment, Parkey remarked, “I like it that much more.”
The orange cape was part of a trio of outfits acquired by Patric Parkey at the Julien’s Auctions sale in Nashville back in November. This purchase elevated his total count of Parton outfits in his collection to 54. Notably, one of the other capes obtained at the auction commanded a price exceeding $10,000.
In addition to their extensive wardrobe, Parkey and his husband possess thousands of other items, ranging from photos, posters, shoes, dolls, and games to a distinctive pink bed from Dollywood where Parton once slept. Around eight years ago, Dolly Parton herself visited their home, expressing admiration for the shrine they had created.
In the 1970s, many of Dolly Parton’s gowns were crafted by her seamstress, Lucy Adams.
Dolly Parton’s new book, “Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones” embodies her iconic sense of style and lifelong passion for fashion.
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