By LAWRENCE TAN
The world's most expensive cotton shirt to date, valued at £20,000, is
up for auction on eBay, which ends at 1800 GMT on Thursday (18 December).
of Egyptian cotton and featuring seven diamonds on the studs and cufflinks,
manufacturer Eton says the Diamond Shirt is a way to commemorate the Swedish
shirt company's 80th year of shirt making.
Hence the design of the
shirt veers to the traditional "old school" style front, and harks back to the
art deco era in the late 1920s when the company changed its name from "Skjortfabriken Special" to its current name that is easier on the tongue.
Zance Yianni of the Sackville & Jones fashion
accessories design firm designed the dress stud set and cufflinks. The studs
set comprises five white centers with black enamel outlines and 2.5mm diamonds
of different colors, while the cufflinks bore similar designs albeit with 4mm
shirt is currently on display at the menswear department of Harrods. The
opening bid starts at £5,000, with all proceeds going to the Great Ormond
Street Hospital in London. The winner will soon receive a house call from an
Eton Shirts tailor to take his measurements to make sure his prized Eton
Diamond Shirt fits to a tee.