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TURNER GIVES SEALS THE SLIP

The slip that actress Kathleen Turner has been wearing in the play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" sold at a charity auction in a Manhattan hotel for $1,200.

The slip was one of 29 items sold Tuesday night at a black tie dinner and auction for Easter Seals in the New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center. The auction raised $30,000 for the charity, which aids people with disabilities.

Turner is playing Maggie in the play at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, dressed in a low-cut, lavender, thigh-length silk slip with lace trim.

Advertisements for the play feature Turner in the slip, seated, with her legs crossed, leaning toward the camera but looking away, and have appeared in newspapers, on billboards and on posters in buses and trains throughout the city.

Bidding for the slip started at $500 and quickly grew after auctioneer Diddi Lynn Worsole informed potential buyers that the slip was not in the room because Turner was wearing it just a few blocks away.

"She's sweating in it right now," Worsole said. "Maybe there will be a little perfume on it," she added.

The bidding quickly escalated in increments of $100 until Staten Island real estate broker Henry Setaro came in with the top bid of $1,200.

"It's the closest I will ever get to Kathleen Turner," Setaro said. "I hope they don't wash it before I get it."

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