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An iconic ballerina-length dress worn by the late Princess Diana has not only captivated hearts but also shattered records, fetching an extraordinary $1.1 million at a recent auction by Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions. The black and blue masterpiece, designed by Jacques Azagury, graced the floors of Florence in 1985 and later enchanted onlookers during Diana’s 1986 visit to Vancouver. Surpassing all expectations, the dress, initially valued at $100,000-$200,000, soared to a final price of $1,148,080, marking an elevenfold increase and establishing a new pinnacle for any of Diana’s gowns ever auctioned.
This enchanting ensemble, characterized by its ballerina-length silhouette, features a long, elegant velvet bodice adorned with sparkling blue stars. The dress seamlessly transitions into a two-tiered blue organza skirt, cinched with a sash and bow, creating a vision of timeless elegance. The allure of this garment lies not only in its exquisite design but also in its historical significance, as it was worn by Princess Diana during a pivotal moment in her public life.
Julien’s Auctions, in a statement, proudly declared, “Julien’s now holds the new world record for the most expensive dress worn by Princess Diana sold at auction.” The magnitude of this achievement is underscored by the previous record of $604,800, further solidifying the enduring fascination with Princess Diana’s enduring style and grace.
The auction, part of Julien’s and Turner Classic Movies’ four-day ‘Hollywood Legends’ event, featured an array of Hollywood and historical memorabilia, making it a cultural spectacle. Among the treasures was another gem that spoke to Diana’s timeless elegance – a pink chiffon blouse worn in her iconic 1981 engagement portrait to Prince Charles by Lord Snowdon. This exquisite piece, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel (the creative minds behind Diana’s wedding dress), fetched an impressive $381,000, surpassing its initial valuation of $80,000-$100,000.
As collectors and enthusiasts alike vied for these tangible pieces of history, the auction not only celebrated the enduring legacy of Princess Diana but also highlighted the timeless appeal of her fashion choices. The record-breaking sale of the ballerina-length dress serves as a testament to the undying fascination with Diana’s sartorial choices and the emotional connection people feel to her legacy.
In the ever-evolving world of fashion and celebrity memorabilia, Princess Diana continues to reign supreme, with her iconic dresses becoming coveted treasures that transcend generations. As these pieces find new homes, they carry with them not just the craftsmanship of renowned designers but also the indelible mark of a princess whose style and grace remain eternally cherished.