LONDON -- Madonna's conical-bra corset sold for almost $52,000 at a London auction Thursday.
The Jean Paul Gaultier-designed stage costume was sold moments after a whip used by Harrison Ford, though auctioneer Christie's International made no connection between the two in a "Pop Culture" auction at its South Kensington salesroom.
Madonna wore Gaultier's green-and-white corset for the 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour while performing three songs, including "Now I'm Following You." It sold for $51,693 with fees. It was bought by a bidder in the room, acting for an undisclosed London collector.
Supplies of pop and movie memorabilia have declined in recent years as studios have become aware of their commercial potential, boosting the rarity value of items that do make their way onto the market, said dealers.
A black Lycra two-piece labeled "Trashy" that Madonna wore to perform "Vogue" fetched $25,886.
The handmade 12-plait kangaroo-hide bullwhip produced for one of the "Indiana Jones" movies sold for $32,000 to an Internet buyer.
It was one of more than 30 props produced by whipmaker David Morgan and featured in the "Temple of Doom" film in 1984.