Just ask Renee Layher, a wardrobe stylist to stars like Alison Krauss, who organizes an annual charity auction of star-worn clothing, Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches.
She says stains and other evidence of wear and tear make the clothing more real for the fans and can boost the value.
One example: During her first auction, country star Dierks Bentley donated a plaid shirt that he wore all the time. When Bentleys manager warned Layher that the sweaty shirt hadnt been washed, she said, thats good. The shirt fetched $900.
Similarly, when Krausss Academy Awards ceremony gown was auctioned, for authenticity, Layher left on all the makeup stains caused by powdering Krausss chest before her red carpet roll.
Layhers latest auction begins June 16 on eBay and rags4riches.org, and she says her wish list for future sales includes Angelina Jolies lipstick and Dolly Partons bra.
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