Two dresses wore by princess Diana were sold in an auction in Beverly Hills for 276,000 dollars (approximately 192,000 Euros), as has been indicated by a spokesperson of an auctions firm. The dresses, which have been kept in a warehouse under climatic control since Diana’s death in August, 1997, were sold to a museum for 144,000 dollars and 132,000 dollars each (100,000 and 92,000 Euros), said Darren Julien, executive president of the firm Julien’s Auctions.
“There have been people interested in the auction from all over the world, and it is fantastic to send the dresses to a museum where they are going to be in exhibition and will be seen by the general public”, said Julien, who emphasized that he could not reveal the name of the museum that had acquired the dresses without its permission.
The piece that was sold for 144,000 dollars (100,000 Euros) was described by the house of auctions as an evening dress of black crepe that Diana wore during a state visit in 1992. The princess used the second garment, the one sold one for 92, 000 Euros and made of gauze of silk and without suspenders, during the Cinema Festival of Cannes in 1987 and also when attended a representation in 1989 of ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Royal Theater in London.
These two dresses had been auctioned by Diana for charitable purposes three months before her death, said Julien. The former owners, WeTV and Wedding Central, decided that this was a suitable moment to auction the dresses, a few days after the wedding on April 29 of prince William and Kate Middleton. Julien said that they would donate a part of the earnings to one of the welfare organizations patronized by Diana. Diana, who married prince Charles on July 29, 1981, died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.