Tonya Harding’s Figure Skating Outfit Worn Day After Nancy Kerrigan Attack Sets Record At Auction

An infamous figure skating outfit once worn by Tonya Harding set a record at auction over the weekend. Harding’s dress she performed in during the 1994 United States Figure Skating Championships, a day after the heinous attack on Nancy Kerrigan, reeled in $17,485 at Leland’s.

It fell well short of the pre-sale estimate of $50,000, but Harding’s red sequin dress is now the most expensive figure skating outfit ever, according to cllct.com’s Will Stern.

Tonya Harding skating outfit
Tonya Harding skating outfit. (credit: Leland’s)

There were 21 total bids.

The Jan. 6, 1994, assault on Kerrigan shocked the world. Following a practice session a day before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and weeks before the Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was struck in the leg with a baton by a man named Shane Stant. The attack was planned by Harding’s then-husband, Jeff Gillooly. Harding initially said she took no part in the crime but later plead guilty to her involvement.

Following the attack, Harding would go on to capture the gold at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and take part in the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, France. She would later wear the same outfit while competing in the Olympics on Feb. 23, 1994.

“Presented here is the outfit worn by Harding during the technical programs in the 1994 United States World Championships on January 7th, one day after the Kerrigan attack, and 1994 Olympics on February 23rd. The red sequin costume lacks a size or manufacturer tag, and is missing a small handful of beads around the neck. Shown in the listing is a copy of a letter from Harding in which she states: ‘This red costume was worn during the following competitions – 1993 Nationals & the 1994 Nationals when I won the competition, also it was worn in the 1994 Olympic games,'” Leland’s writes in the description lot.

Despite not being able to compete in the U.S. World Championships, Kerrigan would go on to win the silver medal at the Winter Olympics, while Harding finished tenth. Harding would later be stripped of her U.S. World Championship title and be banned from figure skating for life.

The auction was part of Leland’s 2024 Summer Classic.

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