25 FEBRUARY 1997 BRITISH AUCTIONEER CHRISTIE’S ANNOUNCE THEY WILL SELL 80 OF PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESSES IN NEW YORK IN JUNE

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London – 25 February 1997

British auctioneers Christie’s announced that they are to sell eighty of Princess Diana’s dresses in New York. All the money raised by the much heralded auction, which will take place in June, will go to two charities which research cancer and AIDS treatments in the United States and Britain and have been chosen by Diana.
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For the first time The Princess of Wales has launched a libel suit against a British Sunday newspaper which this weekend suggested she personally would benefit from the sale. Christies in London displayed five of the dresses which will be auctioned on June 25th.  The idea for Diana to clear-out some of her extensive wardrobe is thought to have come from her son Prince William.
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