Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's Clothing on Auction for the 1st Time — See the 1998 Dress Up for Sale

The late style icon’s silk wrap dress is expected to sell for at least $3,000

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Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty, Bonham's

Lee Radziwill and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s style has continued to inspire trends for decades. Now, a piece from her iconic wardrobe is up for sale.

In June, New York auction house Bonhams will include a dress worn by Bessette-Kennedy in an online fashion sale, marking the first time any of her clothing is being auctioned. The item, which is currently listed on Bonhams’ website, is a black silk wrap trench dress by Yohji Yamamoto from the designer’s spring/summer 1998 collection.

Details include a layered collar and lapel, black silk adjustable waist tie and trench cuff details.

Per the site, the dress was worn by Bessette-Kennedy at the Supper Club on May 6, 1998, following her attendance at a performance of the Parsons Dance Company. It’s listed as being a size small and in excellent condition with “no visible signs of wear.” Bonhams also states that Bessette-Kennedy is seen wearing the dress in a photograph included in 2023 book by Sunita Kumar Nair, CBK: A Life in Fashion.

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<p>Bonham's</p> Lee Radziwill and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in 1998.


Lee Radziwill and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in 1998.

Bessette-Kennedy, who married John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996, was killed alongside her husband in a plane crash on July 16, 1999. She was just 33 years old when the plane, piloted by Kennedy and carrying her sister Lauren, 34, crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

<p>Bonham's</p> Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's black silk wrap dress.


Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's black silk wrap dress.

Nearly 25 years later, Bessette-Kennedy’s effortlessly chic fashion sense is as influential as ever and she continues to be lauded as a style icon.

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Once Upon a Time: The Captivating Life of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, a new book by Elizabeth Beller, delves into who the late star truly was.

“People wrote about her so harshly and cast her as icy,” Beller told PEOPLE, “but she was a lioness, effervescent, warm and so full of life.”

<p>Bonham's</p> Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's 1998 dress.


Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's 1998 dress.

The author also told PEOPLE: “She had a beautiful eye, obviously, but for the people who knew and loved her, her style was not the most important thing. She was joyful and buoyant and wanted to partake of everything in New York. She was a warm, effervescent and vivacious person who was misrepresented in the press."

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Bessette-Kennedy graduated from Boston University with a degree in education and went on to work in Boston’s Calvin Klein boutique. She moved to New York in 1989 and began working in VIP sales for the designer.

In the spring of 1992 Kennedy came in for a fitting, where Bessette-Kennedy showed him the selections. They hit it off and became engaged in July 1995. Kennedy proposed during a trip to Martha’s Vineyard, while the couple were fishing on a boat off the island's coast.

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