Mystery man pays €280,000 for a Princess Diana dress, to "cheer up his wife"
A dress Princess Diana wore to dance with John Travolta raised €280,000 in an auction of 10 of her gowns last night
Ten dresses belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, including a gown she famously wore while dancing with John Travolta, fetched almost €1 million at auction.
The lots sold at Kerry Taylor Auctions included some of the "most important and iconic" dresses worn by the late Princess of Wales.
"Bidders today were able to buy a unique slice of British history", auctioneer Kerry Taylor said. "We attracted bidders from across the world, including three important museums so we are hopeful that now people will actually get to see some of the dresses that belonged to the People's Princess."
A midnight blue velvet gown by Victor Edelstein which Diana wore to a 1985 state dinner at the White House - where she famously twirled around the dance floor with Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta - was the star lot selling for £240,000 (€280,000). It was bought by a British gentleman as a surprise to "cheer up his wife", Taylor revealed.
Two Catherine Walker dresses - one black evening gown worn for a Vanity Fair photoshoot by Mario Testino in 1997, another burgundy crushed velvet gown she wore to the Australian premiere of Back To The Future in 1985 - each fetched £108,000 (€125,000).
Other lots featured gowns designed by Bruce Oldfield and Zandra Rhodes, which sold for £50,400 (€58,000) and £48,000 (€55,000) respectively.
Diana's request, the 10 dresses were originally sold in a charity auction in New York in June 1997, just two months before she died.
Florida-based businesswoman Maureen Dunkel bought the dresses, along with four others. She was forced to put them up for auction in 2011 after she went bankrupt - but only four of them sold.