Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy Wet Shirt Sells For £25,000

Colin Firth made waves when he strode out of that lake in a wet white shirt for BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The same famous shirt has now sold at auction for £25,000 – double the estimate price.

It wasn’t just the shirt that went on sale. Mr Darcy was dripping from head to toe after all, so his entire costume went up for grabs on Tuesday, trousers and boots included.

Dinah Collins who designed the outfit spoke to BBC Radio 4, elaborating specifically on the trouser design: “They are very long, so that you can tuck the front and back tails between your legs. As the man, you don’t wear pants as such and so this creates a very handsome bulge under your breeches.”

Fun fact: Colin Firth wasn’t wearing any underwear either. The wet shirt scene also never featured in Jane Austen’s novel, it was just an added treat for the viewers at home.

You may not remember the scene, so we’ve included the video clip to jog your memory… and your heart.

The clip shows Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) taking a rather unnecessary, random plunge into his private lake, before making the long walk home in a clinging wet white shirt. On route back he bumps into his love interest, Elizabeth Bennet (played by Jennifer Ehle) and they have a brief conversation full of sexual tension.

Mr Darcy’s outfit was part of a collection at auction of over 60 other designs worn by various other famous stars. And it was all for a good cause as proceeds will be going to charity.

Jonathan Bailey as Lord Anthony Bridgerton.


Branded the “lake scene,” this wet shirt moment has been recreated by other films and TV shows such as Bridgerton and Bridget Jones’ Diary, as well as further adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.

Most were a tongue-in-cheek nod to the original, silly scene.


Hugh Grant as Daniel in Bridget Jones’ Diary, also starring Colin Firth.


What do you think, would you splash out £25,000 on any of these famous wet shirts? We would at least think about it.

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Hannah McLaren

I've worked at DC Thomson for six years! I began as an intern at My Weekly and The Scots Magazine, which was extended by a few months to help out at The People's Friend. I then covered maternity as Celebrity Editor for My Weekly, before I became Multimedia Journalist at The Scots Magazine. Currently I'm writing digital content across each title.