Amid the controversy of a new tell-all book, the late Princess Diana has found herself in the news quite a bit. From the release of her estate to Prince Harry, the new book that will expose royal tantrums, and now the announcement that some of her most iconic dresses will soon go on sale.
An upcoming auction in Beverly Hills, at Julien’s Auctions, is expected to feature some of the most iconic gowns from Princess Diana’s wardrobe, including the petal pink gown she wore to the Savoy Theatre and the emerald green dress she wore at a banquet at the Dorchester Hotel in 1993. Princess Diana’s wedding dress, which is now in the possession of Prince Harry, will not be one of the items that will be auctioned off. An over-sized limited edition catalogue from another dress auction, which is autographed by the Princess, will also be included. A slice of William and Kate’s wedding cake will also be auctioned off, along with other trinkets from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
The auction is scheduled to take place at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery between December 5 and 6.
Here’s the official press release.
“Julien’s Auctions will offer collectors and fans the unique opportunity to bid on several iconic items from the life of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. The auction will include personal clothing designed by British designer Catherine Walker who became Diana’s favorite designer and close personal friend. Their relationship began three months after Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 and lasted until Diana’s death sixteen years later. Walker provided the Princess with many of her most iconic garments.”
It continues to describe the petal pink dress that she wore to the Savoy Theatre.
“Highlights of the auction include a petal pink Catherine Walker gown double worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, to the reopening of the Savoy Theatre and to a performance of La Bohème at the London Coliseum in 1993. The slim fitting gown is lined in silk and has a long sleeve off the shoulder bodice embellished with bands of simulated pearls, faceted glass and beadwork with a drop waist and pleated skirt (Estimate: $60,000-$80,000).”
There is no official declaration whether the money earned will be presented to charities or remain in the royal family. There will undoubtedly be a large turn out from those that wish to obtain a piece of the People’s Princess’ wardrobe.
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