Diana’s Dresses sell and with a surprise!

Diana’s dress, a £240k
surprise for a wife
Kerry 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!’
See Kerry discussing the collection on BBC News –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21827632,
…and bringing down the gavel on the top lot! –
Full list of results:
Lot 1
A Victor Edelstein bottle-green velvet evening gown, worn for private entertaining, Winter, 1985. Sold for £24,000 including buyers premium.
Lot 2
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.
Lot 3
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. 
Lot 4
A Catherine Walker sea-green sequined evening gown, worn for the State visit to Austria in 1989. Sold for £90,000 including buyers premium.
Lot 5
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.
Lot 6
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.
Lot 7
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.
Lot 8
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 premium.
Lot 9
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.
Lot  10
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.
For more information, please contact info@kerrytaylorauctions.com or 00 44 208 676 4600.
 
Left: Lot 10, 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. Right: Lot 3, 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, 1990. Sold for £50,400 including buyers premium.
Left: Lot 8, 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 premium. Right: Lot 7, 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.
Left: Lot 9, Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired lavishly embroidered evening gown and bolero, made for the State visit to India. Sold for £66,000 including buyers premium. Right: Lot 4, A Catherine Walker sea-green sequined evening gown, worn for the State visit to Austria. Sold for £90,000 including buyers premium. 
Left: Lot 6, 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, 1991. Sold for £78,000 including buyers premium. Right: Lot 5, 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.
Left: Lot 1, A Victor Edelstein bottle-green velvet evening gown, worn for private entertaining, Winter, 1985. Sold for £24,000 including buyers premium. Right: Lot 2, 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.

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