Diana dresses raise over £850,000 at London sale
LONDON (AFP) - Ten dresses owned by Princess Diana,
including the one worn when she danced with actor John
Travolta at a White House dinner, sold for £862,800 at a
London auction on Tuesday.
The most iconic item -- the strapless dark blue velvet
gown worn at a 1985 dinner thrown by US president Ronald
Reagan in honour of the Prince and Princess of Wales --
It was immortalised in the photographs of Diana dancing
with Travolta to the song You
Should Be Dancing from
his film Saturday
The dress was bought "by a British gentleman who said he
wanted to buy it as a surprise to cheer up his wife",
explained auctioneer Kerry Taylor.
The garments, created by some of Diana's favourite
designers including Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker,
Bruce Oldfield and Victor Edelstein, share an
Some were worn by the princess during official trips to
Austria, Australia, Brazil, India, South Korea and the
United States, said the auction house.
They were then acquired by Florida businesswoman Maureen
Rorech at a 1997 sale to raise money for humanitarian
charities supported by the princess, two months before
she was killed in a Paris car crash.
Rorech put 14 of the dresses up for sale at a Canada
auction in 2011 after declaring bankruptcy, but only
four sold as the "reserve prices were ridiculously
high", said a spokesman for Kerry Taylor.
All of the remaining items sold on Tuesday at prices
ranging from £24,000 to £240,000. Two were bought by an
"important" British museum, revealed Taylor.
"It's important for the generations to come," she added.
"Diana was the people's princess, so the people should
be able to see these dresses. This is our heritage, our