Princess Diana, 10 Of Her Most Famous Dresses To Be Sold – this Tuesday 10 of the late Princess Diana’s most famous dresses are to go under the hammer.
The dresses are being sold by specialist fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor Auctions, who in 2010 auctioned the black taffeta dress that DIana wore for her first official engagement with her then fiance the Prince of Wales. That particular dress was sold in the end for £192k and ended up in the Museo de la Moda fashion museum in Santiago, Chile.
The auction this time includes 6 Catherine Walker dresses, as well as gowns by Victor Edelstein and Bruce Oldfield. All 10 dresses were originally sold on the Princess’s instructions in a New York charity auction in June 1997, just 2 months before she died following a car crash in the Pont Del’Alma tunnel in Paris. In fact Diana auctioned a total of 79 different dresses at this time through auctioneers Christies, with many of them going into the hands of private collectors as well as museums.
The 10 dresses for sale on Tuesday were originally bought by Florida businesswoman Maureen Rorech Dunkel as an investment and they spent some years travelling the world on exhibition. Unfortunately she now has to sell her collection as she has run into financial difficulties.
Amongst the collection is the midnight blue, off-the-shoulder Victor Edelstein dress that Diana wore to a state dinner at the White House in 1985. This is what she was wearing when she danced with John Travolta to a medley of songs from his movies. Not surprisingly pictures of the pair dancing made their way all around the world. This dress alone has a guide price of £300k although some think it could make much more than this.
Other notable dresses include the black beaded Catherine Walker dress that DIana wore for a Mario Testino photo shoot for Vanity Fair in 1997 which has a guide price of £70k and the far more formal pink Catherine Walker dress that she wore for an official state visit to India in 1992. It was on this visit that rumours really started to spread about the state of her marriage to Prince Charles after the Princess was photographed alone at that most romantic of locations, the Taj Mahal.
Check out all 10 of Diana’s dresses below. If any of them take your fancy you might need to have deep pockets as the cheapest of the dresses is expected to reach a price of over £30k in the auction.