Princess Diana was a people’s princess in the true sense of the word. Despite her failed marriage and the paparazzi following her around the world her controversial and untimely death had resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of grief from one and all. The Royal Wedding on April 29 had brought back all the positive memories attached to her charismatic personality. And now there is news coming from Los Angeles that a pair of dresses worn by Princess Diana sold at a pop culture auction in Beverly Hills for a total of $276,000.
The dresses have been well preserved in a climate controlled storage since her death in 1997. Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions confirmed that dresses were bought by a prominent museum for $144,000 and $132,000 respectively. There was participation in the auction from all over the world though, Mr. Julien expressed his happiness that the dresses finally went to a museum who will put it on display for the public to see and appreciate. He declined to reveal the identity of the museum as he did not have confirmed permission from them to do so.
The dress that fetched a marginally higher price is a black crepe evening gown that Diana had worn during a state visit in 1992. The second dress is a silk chiffon and strapless dress the princess had worn to the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. She had also done a sitting in that dress and had worn it again in 1989 to a performance of “Miss Saigon” at Theater Royal in London. Both the dresses had been auctioned by Diana herself for charity just three months before her death. WeTV and Wedding Central had bought it at the time thought the time was right to auction them now because of the curiosity generated about the princess because of the Royal Wedding. A portion of the proceeds will go to one of Diana’s charity.