Royal History: Princess Diana Collection Could Fetch Millions In Upcoming Auction

Are you hoping to own a piece of Princess Diana history? Well, you’re in luck. Collectors will soon be able to own Diana’s gowns, shoes, clutch purses and more. Bidding for “Princess Diana’s Elegance & A Royal Collection” at Julien’s Auctions is set to begin June 27. The collection could fetch millions.

Princess Diana admirers will have the exclusive opportunity to catch a first glimpse of this collection at K11 MUSEA in Hong Kong from April 17 to 29. From the classic silhouettes of Catherine Walker to the dramatic flair of Victor Edelstein, the preview will showcase some of Diana’s most iconic and well-documented ensembles. Her midnight blue strapless gown by Murray Arbeid is estimated at a jaw-dropping $200,000-$400,000, as well as the magenta silk and lace creation by Victor Edelstein.

But it’s not just about the grand ballgowns. Julien’s Auctions is also giving you a peek into Princess Diana’s personal style, featuring her more understated pieces, like the charming pink floral shirt dress by Catherine Walker, a favorite that the princess wore on multiple occasions. These everyday ensembles paint a well-rounded picture of the woman behind the global icon.

Other Princess Diana items include:

  • Kurt Geiger Emerald Green Satin Jeweled Vamp Evening Shoes ($2,000 – $4,000)
  • Rayne Violet Leather Clutch ($2,000 – $4,000)
  • 1989 Hong Kong Royal Tour Catherine Walker Yellow And Navy Skirt Suit ($30,000 – $50,000)
  • 1985 Australia Tour, Attributed Philip Somerville Red And Cream Straw Hat ($10,000 – 20,000)

Collectors have already shelled out seven figures for clothes once belonging to the princess. Last September, a black sheep sweater she once wore sold for $1.1 million, according to InStyle. Not to be outdone, an evening gown Diana wore fetched $1.1 million as well in a Julien’s Auction in December.

The auction also includes pieces from other fashionable British royals. Collectors will have the chance to lay their eyes on a rare Christian Dior gown once owned by Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, and even a nightgown that belonged to Queen Victoria herself.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Muscular Dystrophy UK, a cause that was near and dear to Princess Diana’s heart.

“Diana may have been a princess, but her allure rivaled that of a Hollywood starlet. Though she left no films behind, her legacy lives on through the exquisite gowns and accessories that continue to captivate audiences, inviting them to delve deeper into her enigmatic persona,” writes Julien’s Auctions. “She defied the constraints of royalty, both in her actions and her fashion choices, leaving behind a timeless legacy that transcends generations.”

Photo of Princess Diana
Photo of Princess Diana. (credit: Julien’s Auctions)

From the fairy-tale ball gowns that captivated the world at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, to the sleek, tailored silhouettes of the 1990s, Diana’s wardrobe was a mirror of her evolution as a woman and a cultural icon. She effortlessly blended royal elegance with contemporary flair, collaborating with designers on custom creations while also embracing ready-to-wear pieces, making her style both exclusive and accessible.

Diana’s influence extended far beyond fashion; her choices spoke volumes about her character and convictions. Whether she was donning lace to support AIDS charities or boldly embracing black as the epitome of evening chic, her wardrobe was a canvas for social change. With each daring ensemble and every carefully chosen accessory, she challenged conventions, modernizing the monarchy while captivating the world with her grace and compassion.

Diana was only 36 years old when she tragically died in a car crash in 1997.

HobbyListings editor Matt Higgins contributed to this report.

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