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Princess Diana's Gowns a Royal Success at Julien's Auctions

By 13th September 2023No Comments3 min read

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Diana, Princess of Wales, played a starring role in the “Legends of Hollywood and Royalty” auction presented by Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies Sept. 6-8. Showcasing pop culture wonders from film, fashion and royalty, it was Princess Di’s wardrobe that stole the show, with three of her gowns selling for more than $1.65 million.

Diana’s scarlet metallic gown worn in 1991 to the world premiere of “Hot Shots,” starring Charlie Sheen, sold for $571,500 at Julien’s.

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Diana’s scarlet metallic gown worn to the world premiere of Hot Shots in London in 1991, and designed by Bruce Oldfield, sold for $571,500, exceeding its presale estimate. Two of Diana’s other gowns sold for similar prices: one with a structured black bodice and draped green skirt, sold for $571,500, and an ivory strapless gown with black velvet bands for $508,000. Both were designed by Catherine Walker, a favorite designer and personal friend of Diana’s.

Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing her Bruce Oldfield-designed gown, meets actor Charlie Sheen at the 1991 premiere of his movie, “Hot Shots.”

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Also shining brightly was a Givenchy couture pink evening gown worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards’ 1961 film classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s that sold for $444,500. The eye-catching iridescent pink dress is a fashion confection that never loses its infectious sweet nature even more than sixty years after it was designed.

The Givenchy couture pink evening gown worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Blake Ewards’ 1961 film classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sold for $444,500.

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If glamorous gowns aren’t your style, the event also featured a maroon wool Starfleet command jacket worn by William Shatner as James T. Kirk in the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. It sold for $127,000. There were plenty of other costume pieces, props, scripts and more movie memorabilia available. Want to accessorize? A purple leather glove worn and signed by Jack Nicholson as the Joker in 1989’s Batman sold for $10,400.

The Starfleet command jacket worn by William Shatner in the 1982 movie “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” sold for $127,000.

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The auction wasn’t all about what you see onscreen or at events. Some of its highlights came from the personal belongings of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. A heart-shaped locket, inscribed by Bogie to Bacall sold for $57,150, more than double its high estimate. Another gift from Bogart to Bacall, an engraved bracelet with a whistle charm (“You know how to whistle, don’t you?”) sold for $158,750, and their wedding rings sold for $190,500.

For more auction results, go to Julien’s Legends: Hollywood & Royalty.

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