3 of Princess Diana’s Gowns Sell at Auction for About $1.62 Million



On Friday, three of Princess Diana‘s dresses were auctioned off for a total of about $1.62 million (£1.3 million).

Some of the 1,400 items up for auction at Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies Presents “Legends: Hollywood and Royalty,” which ran from Wednesday to Friday in Beverly Hills and online, were the clothes that the former Princess of Wales wore before her untimely death at age 36 in a car crash in Paris in 1997.check about Prince Charles & Princess Diana Divorce

The three things that were sold were a scarlet red silk Bruce Oldfield gown and two designs by Catherine Walker: a strapless black silk velvet and white silk crepe gown and an off-the-shoulder black faille bodice and a draped green silk skirt.

Princess Diana wore the short-sleeved, ruched Bruce Oldfield dress to the premiere of Charlie Sheen’s movie Hot Shots! in November 1991. According to Daily Mail, the dress sold for $571,500 (£458,480) when it was first expected to go for $200,000 (£160,450). here’s Gorgeous Elizabeth Debicki Recreates Princess Diana

The princess wore the black and jade Catherine Walker design, which had a minimum buy price of $100,000 (£80,220) and was bought for $571,500 (£458,484), to a gala dinner at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada, in 1991.

The outlet also said that the black and white Catherine Walker dress Diana wore to a private event sold for a whopping $508,000 (£407,540), which is more than eight times the expected price of $60,000 (£48,130).

3 of Princess Diana's Gowns Sell at Auction for About $1.62 Million

According to the Daily Mail, Martin Nolan, the founder and executive head of Julien’s Auctions, said that the record-breaking sale of these gowns was even better than he had hoped.

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According to the article, Ellen Petho, a businesswoman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who “ran a successful design business” for ten years before she died at age 82 in January 2023, bought the gowns and two others worn by Diana at an auction at Christie’s auction house in New York in June 1997 with money she had saved to buy a house.

The Daily Mail said that Ellen’s husband, Louis Petho, who is 83 years old, put the dresses up for sale to raise money for a scholarship fund for art and design students over the age of 25.

Karrie Petho, Ellen’s 60-year-old daughter, told the outlet that her mother chose to show the gowns to the public for charity before she died: “Our mother read in [the sale catalogue] that Prince William told his mother that the dresses shouldn’t be in her closet, but should be out in the world doing good. I think that’s what made her want to do it.'”

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