Saturday, May 23, 2015

Princess Diana's dresses fetch $1.2M in auction

10 dresses belonging to the late Princess Diana are up for auction today.

Princess Diana's dresses fetch $1.2M in auction

In this Nov. 9, 1985 photo provided by the Ronald Reagan Library, actor John Travolta dances with Princess Diana at a White House dinner.  (AP Photo/Ronald Reagan Library)
In this Nov. 9, 1985 photo provided by the Ronald Reagan Library, actor John Travolta dances with Princess Diana at a White House dinner. (AP Photo/Ronald Reagan Library) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ten dresses belonging to the late Princess Diana were sold Tuesday at a London auction.

The items, which haven't been cleaned since Princess Diana last wore them, matched the estimated amount the lot was expected to raise: A total of £800,000 or the equivalent of $1.2 million.

The most iconic among the ten pieces is a midnight blue Victor Edelstein gown that Princess Diana was captured wearing in the White House as she danced with John Travolta at a 1985 state dinner. The item was sold for £240,000 to a British man. The house behind the sale, Kerry Taylor Auctions, did not share the identity of the buyer, but disclosed that the gown was purchased, "as a surprise to cheer up his wife."

You've heard it before: Happy wife, happy life.

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