Marilyn van der Burr makes history by auctioning off the Miss America crown for the first time, ahead of the centenary of the competition in order to help teachers financially affected by the pandemic..
Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derburg
Van Derbourg, 84, told the Washington Post that her tiara is one of her “most precious possessions.” The Miss America crown is known to be the most special thing any title winner has.
The 1958 competition winner will auction her tiara encased in Swarovski crystals and matching bracelet, at an opening price of $20,000..
Van der Burr plans to use the souvenir proceeds, which she initially intended to pass on to her daughter, to help disadvantaged teachers in Denver, Colorado..
Former Miss America Marilyn puts her tiara up for sale
According to a report published on the website, insider, said a New Jersey jeweler named Schooly’s Responsible for designing all Miss America crowns since the beginning of the contest, the crown is missing four small crystals, and the bracelet is the only piece of jewelry. Miss America of its kind.
The Miss America Cup will also be on sale with an embroidered Alfred Bosand gown she wore to celebrate the Queen’s 75th anniversary in 1995..
Van Derbor was inspired to sell her prized possessions after director Jay Bates encouraged her to consider the possibility while interviewing her for a Miss America documentary, then reached out to Shoppe owner David Talariko, who told Van Derbour that the tiara and bracelet could yield up to 40 A thousand dollars and that the original cost of producing the crown was estimated at 2,500 dollars.
Van der Boer was surprised by this, saying, “I never knew I had a tiara and a bracelet of this value. It never crossed my mind.“After the evaluation, Van Der Boer said she had considered using the potential profit for humanitarian causes.
and told The Post She chose to donate the proceeds to teachers in her hometown of Denver after witnessing the persistence and perseverance of teachers during the pandemic..“