Barbara Windsor: Carry on Camping Bikini Sells for £9,500

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The late actress donned the swimwear in a memorable scene where her bikini top flew off amid an exercise class. The vendor will donate the proceeds from the sale of the item to the Alzheimer’s Society. The bikini had been rescued from a bin decades ago.

The actress, who also acted in EastEnders, died in December from Alzheimer’s at 83. A figure from the scene in Carry On Camping was incorporated in the order of service for her funeral, followed by her quote: “That picture will follow me to the end.”

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The display had to be shot three times, with the garment being discarded by the deft use of a fishing rod in the grips of an off-screen companion. However, remnants of the fishing line could be seen stitched to the front of the top, the auction house said.

The chartreuse cotton towelling bikini was assumed to get between £800 and £1,200. The item was traded to an American representative following a bidding war between phone and online customers. Dame Barbara’s man Scott Mitchell said: “It’s a touching eulogy to Barbara to imagine any item associated with that vital scene will raise money to support people existing with Alzheimer’s.

“I’d say it was draping – but it sped off…. so it wasn’t!” Barbara Windsor during the famous Carry on Scene. Although she became identical with the saucy film series, Dame Barbara appeared in nine Carry On films. Auctioneer Kerry Taylor stated: “We have had so much engagement in this bikini, from loyal fans of the Carry On films to people who adore Barbara Windsor. She was celebrated for her down-to-earth nature, great sense of humour, and outstanding acting ability throughout her long career.

“She was a true professional. It appears very apt that a bikini that prompted her so much embarrassment during the filming will now proceed to such a good cause.”

According to the auction home, the Carry On Camping wardrobe area would have commissioned duplicate bikinis for the film, but this was the only example comprehended to have survived after being rescued from a bin through a costumier’s merchandise clearance.

Kate Lee, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Dame Barbara Windsor inspired so many when she spoke out about her dementia diagnosis. We are so incredibly appreciative to have had her and her husband Scott’s unwavering provision – what they accomplished for people with dementia has been awe-inspiring.

“It is fantastic that such an iconic item will maintain Dame Barbara’s legacy to assist people affected by dementia, and the hospitality of the vendor moves us.”

Fabulous EastEnders actress and Carry On star Barbara Windsor was Barbara Ann Deeks in Stepney, London, for Rose (Ellis), a designer, and John Deeks, a costermonger. She was a brilliant student at school, and her parents aspired her to go to university. Still, after her first flavour of show business, when her grandmother brought her backstage at a theatre, she selected acting as what she desired to do.

Her mother employed all her savings at the Aida Foster Acting School, where Barbara made her stage première in Aida’s 1950’s pantomime at the Golders Green Hippodrome. Aida’s tutors tried to iron out her Cockney accent, but luckily they failed. In 1952 she was cast as an orphan in the harmonious ‘Love From Judy,’ inaugurated at London’s Saville Theatre. She made her television debut in ‘Variety Parade’ with the show’s star. In 1954, she earned her film debut as a schoolgirl extra in ‘The Belles of St Trinians and by 1957, she was playing at London’s Winston’s Club with Amanda Barrie


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