Considered one of Princess Diana’s robes has bought for properly over the pre-auction estimate.
Diana’s purple silk velvet robe from 1989, designed by Victor Edelstein, was estimated at $80,000 to $120,000. The costume, which featured a tulip-shaped skirt and three intricate gold buttons on the again bodice, in the end bought for 5 instances the estimate at $604,800 in keeping with Sotheby’s.
In accordance with the public sale notice from Sotheby’s, Edelstein designed the costume as a part of his autumn 1989 assortment.
The costume was first auctioned off in June 1997, shortly earlier than Diana’s dying on Aug. 31, 1997. On the time, the Princess of Wales bought virtually 80 clothes from her wardrobe for charity in an public sale at Christie’s New York on behalf of the Royal Marsden Hospital Most cancers Fund and the AIDS Disaster Belief.
In 1991, Diana was photographed within the costume by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. Whereas the photograph turned broadly circulated, it was additionally used as inspiration for a well-known portrait of the princess executed by Douglas Hardinge Anderson. Immediately, the portrait is hanging at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, the place she beforehand served as president.
One other of Diana’s Edelstein robes was bought at public sale again in 2019. The princess’ midnight blue off-the-shoulder velvet robe was bought by Kerry Taylor Auctions for £220,000 (roughly $272,382 right this moment). The robe was worn on a number of events, together with a 1986 state go to to Austria, whereas sitting for a portrait in 1997 taken by Lord Snowdon, in addition to at a 1985 White Home dinner the place she famously danced with John Travolta.
Sotheby’s additionally just lately auctioned off one of many princess’ valuable jewels. There have been 4 bidders on the merchandise, nevertheless, on Jan. 18 the cross was bought by Kim Kardashian for $197,453. In accordance with the public sale home, the truth star bought the cross for “greater than double its pre-auction estimate.”
The cross was designed by Garrard within the Nineteen Twenties and, in keeping with the public sale home, has a “a complete diamond weight of roughly 5.25 carats.” Diana as soon as wore the cross on Oct. 27, 1987 at a charity gala in London.
Per the public sale home, it’s “understood that the cross was solely ever worn by the Princess, and following her dying, it was by no means seen in public once more till now.”