Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Diana dresses sell for £168,000

Two dresses worn by Princess Diana have sold for a record 168,000 pounds at a US auction

Two dresses worn by Princess Diana have sold for a record 276,000 US dollars (£168,000) at an auction in Beverly Hills, California.

Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien's Auctions, said that a black crepe evening gown Diana wore during a state visit in 1992 fetched the higher price of 144,000 dollars (£88,000).

A light blue strapless gown with accompanying stole sold for 132,000 dollars (£80,000) and was worn on three occasions, including the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

The auction attracted bidders from around the world, and organisers believe the recent royal wedding between Diana's son, Prince William, and Kate Middleton helped boost the sale price of both dresses.

Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris nearly 14 years ago.

The dresses were designed by Catherine Walker.

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