The sea-green sequined evening gown, created by Diana’s favorite designer Catherine Walker, is being sold at auction alongside another outfit, by Emanuel, in London next month.
Diana originally sold the Catherine Walker dress at her famous auction at Christie’s in New York in June 1997 – just three months before she died. And then, three years ago, it was sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions for $131,000 (including buyer’s premium). The auction house, which is holding its Passion for Fashion sale on June 14, says it is now listed to sell for between $117,000 and $145,000.
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The frock had been designed for Diana’s visit to Austria in 1986 and she wore it on several occasions, including to the movie premiere of Biggles seven years later in 1993.
The second outfit, with a sale figure of between $14,000 and $22,000, is a teal tartan wool day ensemble. Created by Diana’s wedding dress designers, Elizabeth and David Emanuel, in 1985, it features a wide sailor collar and wide padded shoulders. It was commissioned for Diana’s visit to Italy with then husband Prince Charles and wore it on a gondola ride in Venice and later the same day when they were reunited with sons Prince William and Prince Harry at an airport.