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Two Diana dresses sold for US$276,000 at auction

Princess Diana wore this black crepe evening gown during a state visit in 1992. The gown fetched US$144,000 (NT$4.1 million) at an auction in Beverly Hills, California on May 8.

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Two dresses worn by the late princess Diana were sold at an auction house in Beverly Hills on May 8 for a total of US$276,000 (NT$7.9 million), the seller announced.

The two dresses, which have been held in climate-controlled storage since her death in August 1997, were auctioned to a prominent museum for US$144,000 (NT$4.1 million) and US$132,000 (NT$3.8 million), respectively, said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions.

“We did have bidders from all over the world participating, and it’s great to have them go to a museum where they are going to be on display and appreciated by the public,” Julien said.

According to Julien’s auction house, the first dress — a black crepe evening gown with diamante paste embroidery on the short-sleeved top inspired by Indian motifs — went for US$144,000 (NT$4.1 million).

It was purchased for Diana’s 1992 visit to India, when she accompanied her then-husband, Prince Charles on the trip.

The second dress — a light blue silk chiffon, strapless, floor-length gown and accompanying stole — was sold for US$132,000 (NT$3.8 million).

It was worn by Diana three times, including at the Cannes film festival in 1987.

Julien said he could not name the museum without permission from officials there. The name has been kept confidential.











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