Barbara Windsors iconic Carry On bikini up for auction for Alzheimer’s charity

The sexy yellow bikini worn by Dame Barbara Windsor in Carry On Camping could fetch more than £1,000 when it goes under the hammer.

The ill-fitting two-piece pinged off the star during an ­exercise class in an iconic scene from the 1969 film.

Proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, honouring Dame Barbara who died of the illness last year, aged 83.

Her widower Scott Mitchell said: “It’s a touching tribute to Barbara to think any item associated with that famous scene will raise money to help people living with Alzheimer’s. I’d say it was fitting – but it flew off – so it wasn’t!”

Kate Lee, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It is fantastic that such an iconic item will continue Dame Barbara’s legacy to support people ­affected by dementia.”

The bikini was pulled out of a dustbin by staff during a stock clearance at London costume firm Bermans & Nathans in about 1990.

The unnamed seller, who worked there from 1987 to 1994, said: “The heads of department checked the rejects and staff were permitted to take anything they wanted.”

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The bikini still has a hole from where a fishing hook was attached to rip it off with a fishing rod.

It is tipped to fetch £1,200 with Kerry Taylor Auctions of London at the sale on June 15.

EastEnders icon Barbara died on December 10, 2020 at the age of 83 after a lengthy battle with Azlheimer's.

So beloved was the actress that even members of the Royal Family paid tribute.

Prince William described her as "a true national treasure … a giant of the entertainment world", while his father Prince Charles and Camilla also spoke fondly of her.

Barbara's funeral was on January 8, with the likes of Ross Kemp, David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Christopher Biggins in attendance.

Sadly, the star could not have the celebration of her life that she deserved due to Covid restrictions.

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