Infamous Hollywood Graffiti Gown to Be Auctioned

By: Brandon Voss

Now this is a dress.

Randy McLaughlin and Jerry Skeels, longtime life partners and founders of Jeran Designs, most famously created the Hollywood Graffiti Gown, a German velvet couture dress adorned with more than 350 hand-beaded signatures of famous ladies like Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, and Mother Teresa.

"All I knew is that it was going to be the most famous gown in the whole world, and it was going to represent something for a good cause that will help people," Randy tells HIV Plus of the 1980 inception of the gown, which has toured the world and raised awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Having survived his partner, Randy will now put the gown up for auction to benefit various HIV/AIDS organizations, including Project Concern, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Academy of Friends, and TV Cares. Bidding is expected to begin at more than $1 million.

By the way, a formal tuxedo version of the gown, Hollywood Graffiti Tails, is in the works and already features more than 200 signatures from celebs like Ryan Seacrest, Bob Barker, and Johnny Mathis.

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