Cher's iconic 'If I Could Turn Back Time' outfit just sold for $115,200

14 June 2021, 15:18

Cher in the 'If I Could Turn Back Time' video
Cher in the 'If I Could Turn Back Time' video. Picture: Getty

By Mayer Nissim

The 'cut-out' outfit was worn on Cher's 2002 Farewell Tour and based on her costume in the 1989 'If I Could Turn Back Time' video.

One of Cher's infamous outfits for 'If I Could Turn Back Time' has been sold for a massive $115,200 (£81,700) at auction, around four times its estimated value.

The costume was sold during a three-day music-themed sale at Julien's Auctions, which saw a glossy red Yamaha Elton John Signature Series C-1 Baby Grand Piano picked up for $150,000 and Prince's 1994 blue Cloud electric guitar go for $281,250.

Cher's If I Could Turn Back Time outfit
Cher's 'If I Could Turn Back Time' outfit at auction. Picture: Getty

The listing for the Cher outfit read: "The costume features a figure-hugging shiny black jersey cat suit with mesh filled cutouts and is embellished with constellations of pink and white iridescent glass in metal casing, along with a matching black motorcycle jacket."

The Cher costume was based on the controversial original she wore in the 1989 music video shot on the USS Missouri.

So revealing was the outfit, that the video was originally banned by MTV before only being shown after 9pm.

The real-life Navy extras were apparently more than a bit surprised when Cher emerged wearing the outfit and requested a costume change that both Cher and the director declined.

Singer Cher On Stage In San Diego,California In 1989
Singer Cher On Stage In San Diego,California In 1989. Picture: Getty

The update by Bob Mackie was worn by Cher on stage when performing 'If I Could Turn Back Time' on her 2002 Farewell Tour.

She also wore it during the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards, when she gave the 'Best Video of the Year' prize to Lady Gaga, who was wearing her own infamous Meat Dress at the time, and again on her 2014 tour.

 Cher and Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
Cher and Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture: Getty

Cher's last studio album was 2018's ABBA covers collection Dancing Queen.

Last November, she lent her voice to BBC Children In Need's cover of Oasis single 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'.

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