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Princess Diana’s dresses auctioned today, and set to fetch £1 million

Ten of some of the most iconic dresses, worn by Princess Diana, are being auctioned off today, and the collection is expected to raise nearly £1 million. Among the dresses up for sale is a Catherine Walker pink sequined ivory crepe gown, which the Princess wore on a state visit to Brazil in 1991, and the famous Victor Edelstein gown in which the late Princess wore when she danced with John Travolta at a White House state dinner in the 1980s.

Victor Edelstein dress worn when Princess Diana danced with Travolta

Victor Edelstein dress worn when Princess Diana danced with Travolta. 

Kerry Taylor Auctions, who are holding the auction, told AFP, that the collection, due to go under the hammer this afternoon, is believed to be worth at least £600,000, but could fetch around £1 million.

A Catherine Walker  evening gown, worn for a State visit to Australia and to the film premiere of 'Back to the Future,' 1985.

A Catherine Walker evening gown, worn for a State visit to Australia and to the film premiere of ‘Back to the Future,’ 1985. 

A spokesperson for the auction house said that the collection contained some of the “most important and iconic” dresses worn by Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

A Bruce Oldfield evening gown, worn for an official portrait by Lord Snowdon and at the first night gala opening of 'Les Miserables' at the Barbican centre, 10th October, 1985.

A Bruce Oldfield evening gown, worn for an official portrait by Lord Snowdon and at the first night gala opening of ‘Les Miserables’ at the Barbican centre, 10th October, 1985.

The spokesperson said: “Some of the gowns were worn for official state visits to Austria, Australia, Brazil, India, South Korea and the United States of America. Diana was photographed wearing them by not only by the paparazzi, but by some of the leading photographers of the day – including Mario Testino and Lord Snowdon.”

A Catherine Walker pink sequined ivory crepe gown worn at a banquet given by President Collor at the Itamaraty Palace whilst on a State visit to Brazil, 23rd April 1991.

A Catherine Walker pink sequined ivory crepe gown worn at a banquet given by President Collor at the Itamaraty Palace whilst on a State visit to Brazil, 23rd April 1991. 

Kerry Taylor Auctions added: “These elegant couture creations were made by some of her favourite designers – Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, Bruce Oldfield and Victor Edelstein.

A Zandra Rhodes cocktail dress, worn to the Birthright benefit at the London Palladium, May 1987.

A Zandra Rhodes cocktail dress, worn to the Birthright benefit at the London Palladium, May 1987. 

One of them, a dark green velvet dinner gown, has what appears to be the print of a small hand on the skirt — possibly that of a young prince?”

A Catherine Walker evening gown, worn for the State visit to Austria in 1986.

A Catherine Walker evening gown, worn for the State visit to Austria in 1986. 

The dresses were originally owned by an American lady – Maureen Rorech Dunkel, who purchased the collection as a long-term investment, when Diana herself sold them off to raise money, after her divorce from Prince Charles, when her son, Prince William suggested it. But after Diana’s death in 1997, Dunkel decided that she would exhibit them to raise money for good causes.

A Catherine Walker velvet evening gown, worn for a State visit to Australia and to the film premiere of 'Back to the Future,' 1985.

A Catherine Walker burgundy velvet sheath with embroidered tailcoat, worn at the premiere of ‘Steel Magnolias’ in 1990. 

An anonymous seller now owns the dresses and they will be auctioned off later today.

A Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired silk evening gown and bolero, made for the State visit to India, February 1992

A Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired silk evening gown and bolero, made for the State visit to India, February 1992. 

The Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired embroidered pink silk evening gown and bolero could fetch £120,000

A Walker black velvet and beaded evening gown, which Diana was photographed in by Mario Testino for a Vanity Fair photoshoot just a few months before she died, is also part of the collection with a guide price of £50,000 to £70,000.

A Catherine Walker evening gown, worn for the Vanity Fair photo-shoot by Mario Testino at Kensington Palace, 1997

A Catherine Walker evening gown, worn for the Vanity Fair photo-shoot by Mario Testino at Kensington Palace, 1997. 

Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said: “It’s probably the last time that these 10 Diana dresses will be seen together because after the auction obviously they’ll probably be scattered across the world. In a way it’s like a little history of Diana’s life through her clothes.”

For more information, visit Kerry Taylor Auctions. The auction starts at 3pm today.

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