Madonna's Conical Bra Sold to Fashion Museum

Thursday April 26 12:56 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A black satin bra worn by pop diva Madonna sold at auction in London on Thursday for $20,000.

The conical bra designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier and made famous by Madonna on her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour had been expected to fetch up to $4,000.

The vendor had won the item in a radio competition after the tour. It was snapped up by a Chilean fashion museum.

The bra was part of a pop-music sale at Christie's auction house.

Items formerly belonging to the ever-popular Beatles also fetched high prices.

A letter written by John Lennon to an Indian fan while he was studying meditation there fetched $14,000.

The polite refusal to fund a world trip for the fan was bought by a telephone bidder.

The hand-written lyrics to ``The Fool on the Hill'' by Paul McCartney were bought by a private collector for $28,800.

And a pair of wooden drumsticks used by Ringo Starr in 1965 sold for $6,100.

Among other relics sold was a two-piece ivory stage suit formerly belonging to Buddy Holly, which went for $15,240.

The singer wore it on his 1957 U.S. tour, two years before he died in a plane crash at the age of 22.