Salahi Sari Sold for Seven (Thousand)

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    TK
    Tareq and Michaele Salahi got into a White House state dinner uninvited and lawmakers want to know how.

    Were you to take up a collection, you could probably muster at least $7,000 in Washington for a fund to ask the Salahis to leave. Bare min.

    But one District spa ponied up that purse to keep a piece of the Salahis in Washington.

    The red and gold sari-style dress that Michaele Salahi wore when she crashed the State Dinner Party at the White House last November sold at auction today for seven big ones. The buyer -- Georgetown's Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa-- is where Salahi went to prep for that party. 

    The $7,000 bid is more than double than what the Old Town Alexandria-based Potomack Company auction house expected the dress to get, according to Amy Artsinger. Four-fifths the proceeds will go to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund and a local charity.

    In other financial realms, the Salahis' efforts appear to be underperforming. The Northern Virginia Daily reported that America's Polo Cup Inc., the polo club owned by Tareq Salahi, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The club's gross income fell from more than $400,000 in 2008 and 2009 to just north of $50,000 this year.

    The Salahis' winery filed bankruptcy in 2009.