Princess Diana Dresses Sell at Auction for $276,000
As royal wedding fever begins to subside, one museum is stocking up on pieces from that other princess—Diana.
"We did have bidders from all over the world participating, and it's great to have them go to a museum where they are going to be on display and appreciated by the public," said Darren Julien, president and CEO of the auction house, though the museum in question has yet to go public with its glamorous acquisitions.
The dresses? The first, which sold for $144,000, is a black crepe evening gown Diana reportedly wore to a state visit in 1992. The second dress, which went for $132,000, is a pale blue strapless silk chiffon gown by Catherine Walker, worn several times by Diana, including to the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and a 1989 performance of Miss Saigon in London.
According to Julien, the dresses’ owners, WeTV and Wedding Central (which acquired the ensembles at a charity auction shortly before Diana’s death in 1997), will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale to one of Diana’s charities.
In related news, check out Duchess Catherine’s post-wedding dress.