Ten dresses belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, fetched over £800,000 at a Kerry Taylor auction in London two days ago.
“Bidders today were able to buy a unique slice of British history,” said auctioneer Kerry Taylor. “We attracted bidders from across the world including Asia, America, Austria, Australia and of course, the UK, including three important museums so we are hopeful that now people will actually get to see some of the dresses that belonged to the people’s princess.”
A Catherine Walker sea green sequined evening gown, worn for a State visit to Austria in 1989.
A Victor Edelstein midnight blue velvet evening gown worn to a State dinner at the White House, November, 1985, when the Princess danced with John Travolta.
A Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired lavishly embroidered pink silk evening gown and bolero, made for a State visit to India, February 1992.
A Catherine Walker burgundy crushed velvet evening gown, worn for a State visit to Australia and to the film premiere of Back to the Future, 1985
A Catherine Walker black velvet and beaded evening gown, worn for a Vanity Fairphotoshoot by Mario Testino at Kensington Palace, 1997.
A Bruce Oldfield black velvet evening gown, worn for an official portrait by Lord Snowdon and at the first night gala opening of Les Misérables
at the Barbican Centre, October, 1985.
A Catherine Walker burgundy velvet sheath with embroidered tailcoat, worn for a State visit to Korea in 1992, and to the premiere ofSteel Magnolias
, in aid of the Prince’s Trust, February 1990.
A Zandra Rhodes white chiffon cocktail dress, worn to the Birthright Benefit at the London Palladium, May 1987
A Victor Edelstein bottle green velvet evening gown, worn for private entertaining, 1985