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Kate's famous dress fetches over $100,000

The see-through dress that helped trigger a royal romance just sold at auction for more than $100,000.

Kate Middleton wore the risqué garment at a fashion show back when she was a student at St. Andrews University with Prince William.

The future king was in the audience at the fashion show in 2002, and it is believed the sight of Ms. Middleton in the dress made Prince William interested in being more than just friends with her.

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Auctioneer Kate Taylor had expected the dress to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000, according to Bloomberg.

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Instead, an unidentified bidder paid £78,000 for it, about $124,000.

Charlotte Todd, who designed the dress, has kept it in a box at her parents house for the past eight years. She has received offers to purchase it since the Royal Wedding announcement was made, but said she was never going to part with it.

She said she decided to finally sell the dress because she no longer wanted to bear the responsibility for taking care of it. Of course, it's nice to cash in. And it's nice to be a part of history, too.

"If it is true that my design helped change the Prince's interest in Kate from platonic to romantic, as has been reported, then I am pleased to have played a part - however minor," she told the Daily Mail. "I never would have imagined, as I sat knitting this piece, that one day it would be so important."

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