Princess Diana's dresses fetched more than $1.2 million today (Tuesday) at a London auction house. Some of the most iconic dresses worn by Prince William and Prince Harry's late mother were sold during the "Fit for a Princess" auction. Among them was the navy blue Victor Edelstein gown she wore to the 1985 State Dinner where she danced with John Travolta. E! News reports that gown sold for $362,424 to a man who "wanted to cheer up his wife."
The collection of 10 Princess Diana dresses were auctioned by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London. The auction house reveals the gowns were previously sold by Princess Diana herself in a charity auction in June 1997 -- just two months before her death. "One of the purchasers at that auction was Mrs Maureen Rorech Dunkel who bought arguably the most important and representative group of gowns. It is this collection that is offered for sale now," a statement on the Kerry Taylor Auctions website confirms about the collection which also included a Zandra Rhodes White Chiffon gown and at least six Catherine Walker creations.
Two of the Catherine Walker evening gowns reportedly sold for more than $163,000 each. It's unclear what the other dresses went for at the auction or what Dunkel paid for the pieces at the 1997 auction. "Mrs Dunkel initially bought the dresses as a long term investment, but after the tragic death of the Princess in August 1997, decided to exhibit them in aid of charity and has philanthropically raised thousands of dollars to that end," Kerry Taylor Auctions reveals.
Kerry Taylor Auctions is the same auction house that put Kate Middleton's see through dress up for sale in 2011. It was almost exactly two years ago today that dress sold for $105,000 at auction.