A dress worn by Princess Diana on an official visit to Portugal sold for £56,250 at auction today.
The crushed purple velvet evening gown, designed by Bruce Oldfield, and worn by the late Princess Diana at an official dinner given by Portugal’s President Mario Soares in Lisbon in February 1987, was one of three of Diana’s dresses that went under the hammer at a royal memorabilia auction in London.
The other two, a Caroline Charles tartan wool day dress that the Princess wore to the Braemar Highland Games in September 1982 and a Catherine Walker turquoise silk ensemble she sported in Gisborne, New Zealand, during a royal tour in April 1983, sold for £6,875 and £5,250 respectively.
But it was the purple Oldfield dress that was undoubtedly the stand-out piece of the sale, held at KerryTaylor Auctions in London with bidding also conducted through the online market place, “thesaleroom.com”.
It was one of numerous dresses sold at Diana’s request at Christies in New York in June 1997 to raise money for charity.
Complete with trained over-skirt, inner skirt and a front slit showing just a hint of leg, its wide neckline perfectly framed her shoulders.
At the official dinner given by President Soares at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon, she wore it with a stunning diamond tiara given to her by the Queen.
Diana sat for an official portrait wearing the gown by the photographer Terence Donovan.
Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in August 1997, was the last person to wear it.
Occasionally exhibited for charity since and carefully stored away in tissue paper, it remains in pristine condition.
Anu Menon, brand director of thesaleroom.com said: “Diana is the ultimate icon and she is known for her impeccable style and love of fashion.”