Princess Diana's Clothing Sells Above Estimates
Proving the enduring legacy of Princess Diana, the black taffeta gown that she wore on her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles sold recently for a price far above the estimate. The dress was estimated at 30-50,000 pounds but sold for 192,000 pounds in an auction today, June 8 by Kerry Taylor Auctions at La Galleria in London. The gown was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the same designers who created Diana's wedding. The black dress with a sequined flounce at the bodice cemented Diana's status as more than just "shy Di" but a woman worth watching.
The dress was bought by fashion museum the Fundacion Museo De La Moda in Chile. Jorge Yarur, the founder of the museum, has said that when he dies he plans to have this dress and the other Diana dresses he owns donated to Kensington Palace, where she lived from the time of her wedding in 1981 until her death in 1997. Other items in the lots included the chiffon blouse worn by the Princess when she appeared in Vogue shortly after the announcement of her engagement. That went to the Newbridge Silverware Museum in Ireland for 26,400 pounds against an estimate of 10,000-15,000 pounds. The calico toile prototype for the Royal Wedding gown, brought in 20,400 pounds against an estimate of 8,000 and 12,000 pounds.