Saturday, 23 February 2013

Princess Diana's Dresses Set To Raise Over £600,000 At Auction Next Month

The black Victor Edelstein dress Princess Diana wore when she famously danced with John Travolta is to be auctioned.
The black Victor Edelstein dress Princess Diana wore when she famously danced with John Travolta is to be auctioned. Photo: EPA
Ten dresses belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, including a gown she famously wore while dancing with actor John Travolta, are to be auctioned in London next month.
The collection, due to go under the hammer on March 19, is believed to be worth at least £600,000, a spokeswoman for Kerry Taylor Auctions told the Media. 
The auction house said the lots included some of the "most important and iconic" dresses worn by Prince Charles's glamorous former wife, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi.
"Some of the gowns were worn for official state visits to Austria, Australia, Brazil, India, South Korea and the United States of America," said the auction house, which specialises in vintage fashion sales.

A Catherine Walker dress worn in 1991. Photos: Rex/Kerry Taylor

"Diana was photographed wearing them by not only by the paparazzi, but by some of the leading photographers of the day - including Mario Testino and Lord Snowdon."
The collection includes a midnight blue velvet gown by Victor Edelstein which Diana wore to a 1985 state dinner at the White House - where she twirled around the dance floor with Saturday Night Fever star Travolta.
"These elegant couture creations were made by some of her favourite designers - Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, Bruce Oldfield and Victor Edelstein," said Kerry Taylor Auctions.
"One of them, a dark green velvet dinner gown, has what appears to be the print of a small hand on the skirt - possibly that of a young prince?"

A Zandra Rhodes cocktail dress worn in 1987. Photos: Rex/Kerry Taylor

Diana, who became a global style icon and was famed for her charity work, wed heir to the throne Prince Charles in a lavish ceremony in 1981. They had two sons, William and Harry, but divorced in 1996.
At Diana's request, the ten dresses were originally sold in a charity auction in New York in June 1997, just two months before she died.
Florida-based businesswoman Maureen Dunkel bought the dresses, along with four others. She was forced to put them up for auction in 2011 after she went bankrupt - but only four of them sold.
"The reserve prices were ridiculously high," said a Kerry Taylor spokeswoman.
"That sale was a bit of a disaster. But they are beautiful dresses. We have a good reputation for selling these things and the estimates are sensible, rooted in reality and obtainable."

A green velvet Victor Edelstein dress and the black Victor Edelstein dress worn when she danced with Travolta. Photos: Kerry Taylor

I would not be surprised if the dresses are auctioned off for more than £600,000, but trust me to keep you posted. So follow me on https://twitter.com/vogueimprint.
CLICK HERE Diana's Dresses: The full auction list



John Travolta dress  




Designed by Victor Edelstein

Estimated price: $800,000 to $1million

Diana wore this midnight-blue dress the night she she danced with John Travolta in 1985
India tour dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimated price: $375,000 to 425,000

This lilac wild silk gown with bolero jacket was designed for Diana's State Tour of India in 1992
Mario Testino dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $250,000 to $300,000

Cream silk crepe. Worn for Mario Testino Vanity Fair shoot
Mario Testino dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $175,000 to $225,000

Grey silk crepe with pearls. Also worn for Vanity Fair shoot
Zandra Rhodes




Designed by Zandra Rhodes

Estimate: $125,000 to $175,000

An Edwardian-style silk chiffon evening dress with glass beads
Sequinned dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $150,000 to $200,000

Turquoise sequinned dress. Worn on 1993 visit to Vienna 
Catherine Walker navy crepe




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $150,000 to $200,000

Nautical-style navy silk. Often worn on Royal Yacht Britannia
Balmoral dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $150,000 to $200,000

Silk and velvet tartan. Worn to 1991 ball for the Royal Marsden
Steel Magnolias dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $225,000 to $275,000

Red velvet dress with tailcoat. Worn on 1992 state visit to Korea 
Backless crushed velvet




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $150,000 to $200,000

Low back crushed red velvet. Worn to 1985 film première
Brazil dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $200,000 to $250,000

One-sleeved gown ivory satin. Worn on visit to Brazil in 1991
Versailles dress




Designed by Catherine Walker

Estimate: $225,000 to $275,000

Halter-neck black silk. Worn at Versailles in 1994
Les Miserables dress




Designed by Bruce Oldfield

Estimate: $175,000 to $225,000

Dramatic black velvet. Worn to  Les Misérables première  in 1985
Green silk velvet




Designed by Victor Edelstein

Estimate: $150,000 to $200,000

Green velvet. Worn at private Kensington Palace


1 comment:

  1. Princess Diana shall for ever be on everybody's mind. R. I. P

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