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Dresses worn by Princess Diana

DRESSES worn by Princess Diana are expected to fetch up to £830,000 (€957,000) when they go under the hammer later this month.

Many of the gowns will already be familiar to millions after being captured in images of one of the most photographed women in the world.

Among the 10 cocktail frocks, ballgowns and formal evening dresses that are up for sale is the Victor Edelstein gown she wore when she danced with John Travolta at a glitzy White House state dinner.

The image of the princess in the striking off-the-shoulder midnight blue velvet dress and sapphire and diamond choker, dancing and twirling around with the Hollywood heartthrob captivated the US when she and Prince Charles visited in 1985.



The dress, which is expected to fetch between £200,000 and £300,000 was previewed yesterday along with the others ahead of the sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on March 19.

The items were originally sold at auction by Diana herself to raise money for charity at the suggestion of her son, Prince William, following her divorce.

One of the buyers, American Maureen Rorech Dunkel, initially bought the 10 dresses as a long-term investment, but after Diana's death in 1997 decided to exhibit them to raise money for good causes.

Among the other dresses in the Fit For a Princess collection is a Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired embroidered pink slubbed silk evening gown and bolero which was made for Diana and Charles's state visit to India in 1992.