Colin Firth’s iconic wet shirt from Pride and Prejudice goes up for auction SuperNayr

It was the scene that immortalised him as an international sex symbol.

Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, striding from his private lake dripping wet and wearing that white shirt as he runs into his love interest Elizabeth Bennett.

Now, nearly 30 years later, the iconic linen shirt is going on sale and is expected to fetch up to £10,000 at auction.

The six-episode series was adapted by Andrew Davies and ran in 1995, becoming a cult classic among romantics.

Based on the 1813 novel by Jane Austen, the series followed the enemies-to-lovers arc of two prideful characters as they overcome their differences and fall in love.

“It’s not just the shirt, but the entire costume that Colin wore in the scene including the boots,” said the outfit’s designer, Dinah Collins, in an interview with BBC Radio 4.

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in the famous ‘wet shirt scene’ in Pride and Prejudice


She also shared that Firth wore no underwear as part of his outfit and effort was made to construct a “handsome bulge” in the “unscripted” scene that sparked such sexual tension between Bennett and Darcy.

“They are very long, so that you can tuck the front and back tails between your legs,” she said. “As the man, you dont wear pants as such and so this creates a very handsome bulge under your breeches.”

Branded one of the most unforgettable moments in television, the “lake scene” has been recreated in Bridgerton and Bridget Jones’ Diary as well as further adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.

The full outfit will be available to purchase at the auction hosted by Kerry Taylor Auctions


The shirt will be sold along with more than 60 costumes from film and TV including a £60,000 Christian Dior tafetta ballgown worn by Madonna, and Johnny Depp’s Sleepy Hollow costume which is expected to be sold for up to £30,000.

The auction also features costumes worn by Dame Julie Andrews, Jude Law, Tom Hardy, Eddie Redmayne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Margot Robbie, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Aidan Turner.

Aired in the fourth episode of the 1995 series, it marks a turning point in the dynamic between Bennett and Darcy as the unguarded moment softens the unease between them.

​It’s 20 years since Colin Firth emerged wet-shirted from a lake in the BBC’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Now we struggle to imagine a Darcy who isn’t all sexy broodiness.


The auction will be hosted by Kerry Taylor Auctions using outfits donated by costume house Cosprop, founded in 1965 by Oscar and Bafta-winning designer John Bright. The auction will raise funds for arts education charity, The Bright Foundation, founded by the designer who won an Oscar for his work in A Room With a View.

Bright said: “My life’s work has been committed to costume design for film, TV and theatre and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to pursue this path.

“It is my firmly held belief that the arts and creativity can shape happier and healthier children and enable young people to reach their full potential.”

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