Diana's dresses will be exhibited in museums to be viewed for
happy end to a long sad saga.
Taylor Auctions' 'Fit for a Princess' auction makes over £800,000
in London, March 19th.
Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said, 'Bidders were able to buy a unique
slice of British history. We attracted bidders from across the
world including Asia, America, Austria, Australia and of course,
the UK, including three important museums so we are hopeful that
now people will actually get to see some of the dresses that belonged
to the People's Princess! The top lot, the famous dress she wore
when she danced with John Travolta at the White House, made the
top price of £240,000. It sold to a British gentleman as
a surprise to cheer up his wife. Lucky woman!'
list of results:
A Victor Edelstein bottle-green velvet evening gown, worn for
private entertaining, Winter, 1985. Sold for £24,000 including
A Zandra Rhodes white chiffon cocktail dress, worn to the Birthright
benefit at the London Palladium, May 1987. Sold for £48,000
including buyers premium.
A Catherine Walker burgundy velvet sheath with embroidered tailcoat,
worn for the State visit to Korea in 1992, and to the premiere
of 'Steel Magnolias', in aid of the Prince's Trust, 7th February
1990. Sold for £50,400 including buyers premium.
A Catherine Walker sea-green sequined evening gown, worn for the
State visit to Austria in 1989. Sold for £90,000 including
A Bruce Oldfield black velvet evening gown, worn for an official
portrait by Lord Snowdon and at the first night gala opening of
'Les Miserables' at the Barbican centre, 10th October, 1985. Sold
for £50,400 including buyers premium.
A Catherine Walker pink sequined ivory crepe gown with asymmetric
neckline, worn at a banquet given by President Collor at the Itamaraty
Palace whilst on a State visit to Brazil, 23rd April 1991. Sold
for £78,000 including buyers premium.
A Catherine Walker black velvet and beaded evening gown, worn
for the Vanity Fair photo-shoot by Mario Testino at Kensington
Palace, 1997. Sold for £108,000 including buyers premium.
A Catherine Walker burgundy crushed velvet evening gown, worn
for a State visit to Australia and to the film premiere of 'Back
to the Future,' 1985. Sold for £108,000 including buyers
A Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired lavishly embroidered pink slubbed
silk evening gown and bolero, made for the State visit to India,
February 1992. Sold for £66,000 including buyers premium.
A Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet evening gown worn to the
State dinner at the White House given by President and Mrs Reagan,
when Princess Diana memorably danced with John Travolta, 9th November,
1985. Sold for £240,000 including buyers premium.
Recent and past sales of the now famous "Diana Dresses"
originally purchased by
Florida woman named Maureen Rorech Dunkle.
The following articles will answer all questions.
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