Two dresses that belonged to deceased Princess Diana were sold at a pop culture auction in Beverly Hills for a total of $276,000. A pair of dresses have been held in climate-controlled storage since her death in August 1997. The two dresses had been auctioned by Diana for charity three months before her death.
The first dress, a black crepe evening gown with diamante paste embroidery on the short-sleeved top inspired by Indian motifs, went for $144,000. It was purchased for Diana’s 1992 visit to India, when she accompanied her then-husband, Prince Charles on the trip. The second dress, a light blue silk chiffon, strapless, floor-length gown and accompanying stole, was sold for $132,000. Diana wore it for three different occasions. The first one was the Cannes Film Festival in 1987 as well as in a portrait sitting that year and to a 1989 performance of Miss Saigon at Theater Royal in London.
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 Julien’s Auctions. Julien said he could not name the museum where the dresses were auctioned without permission from officials there.