Oh, Matron! Iconic yellow 30D bikini that appeared on Dame Barbara Windsor’s 1969 Carry On Camping is tipped to raise £1,200 at auction after being rescued from a suit company’s trash can
- The strapless bikini was worn by Dame Barbara Windsor in Carry on Camping
- Yellow top flew off during aerobics class and hit Kenneth Williams in the face
- Proceeds from the auction before June 15 will go to the Alzheimer’s Society
The iconic bikini worn by Dame Barbara Windsor in Carry On Camping goes up for sale after being discovered in a trash can 52 years later.
The late star wore the instantly recognizable strapless swimwear in the classic 1969 film known for the scene where the ill-fitting top pinged as she stretched and punched co-star Kenneth Williams in the face.
The bikini, which still has a hole with a fishing hook attached to it to pull it off, was retrieved from a trash can by a staff member around 1990 during a stock clearance at London’s Bermans & Nathans suit company.
The yellow bikini is best known for an iconic scene in Carry on Camping when it flies off and hits Kenneth Williams in the face
The chartreuse cotton terry bikini with strapless underwire bra was discovered in a dumpster in 1990
The unnamed seller is now selling it with Kerry Taylor Auctions of London on June 15, with proceeds from the sale going to the Alzheimer’s Society.
The chartreuse cotton terry bikini with strapless underwire bra and matching briefs is tipped to fetch £1,200.
Dame Barbara died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2020 at the age of 83 and the photo of her protecting her modesty at the end of the scene was included in the order of service at her funeral.
Her husband Scott Mitchell said: “It’s a moving tribute to Barbara to think that every item associated with that famous scene will raise money to help people with Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’d say it was appropriate—but it flew off—so it wasn’t!”
The salesperson, who worked there from 1987 to 1994, said: “The department heads checked the rejected products and the staff were allowed to take whatever they wanted or could use.”
While double bikinis are said to have been made for the film, this is the only one known to have survived.
The scene is one of the most famous of the Carry on films dating from 1958 to 1992
Kate Lee, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘Dame Barbara Windsor inspired so much when she spoke about her dementia diagnosis and we are so incredibly grateful to have had her and her husband Scott’s unwavering support – what they have accomplished for people with dementia has been really awesome.
‘This bikini is an iconic item from an iconic lady. People with dementia have been hit hardest by the coronavirus and have never needed our help again.
“Our support services such as our Dementia Connect support line have been used more than five million times since March 2020 and people tell us they have been a lifeline.
“It’s fantastic that such an iconic item continues Dame Barbara’s legacy of supporting people with dementia, and we are touched by the generosity of the seller.”
A spokesperson for Kerry Taylor said the bikini was a memento of “perhaps the most memorable moment of the Carry On franchise.”