A dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales has sold at auction for £102,000.
Against substantial American interest, the gown was snapped up by the owner of an overseas gallery during a bidding war at Londons Kerry Taylor Auctions
With its shimmering gold panels, jewel-like rhinestones and pearl adornments, the ivory ballgown has all the drama and opulence of a fairy tale wedding dress
. No surprise then, that it was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel
, the duo behind the princess iconic bridal gown.
Perhaps a shade too decadent for modern tastes, it features a matching headband, optional sleeve panels and a petticoat, and takes its inspiration from Leon Bakst's designs for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
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On learning the identity of the buyer, the gown's former owner was said to be delighted that the dress will be preserved for others to enjoy in years to come.
In a statement, Kerry Taylor said, 'This is the 11th Princess Diana dress that I have sold this year, and I feel very lucky and privileged. It is a beautiful dress, worn by a beautiful woman and deserved to do well'.
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