Princess Diana's dresses to be auctioned for up to $100,000 a piece

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Princess Diana's dresses to be auctioned for up to $100,000 a piece

The highest valued dress for the auction is an ivory silk chiffon evening gown embellished with simulated pearls and deep pink faceted glass worn by HRH Princess Diana to the Birthright benefit at the London Palladium, May 1987. It is designed by Zandra Rhodes, the only dress in the collection not by Catherine Walker.

Value: $80,000-$100,000

Princess Diana wearing the Zandra Rhodes gown to the Birthright benefit at the London Palladium in May 1987.

A chartreuse Taroni silk georgette Catherine Walker gown worn by Princess Diana on November 11, 1993 to a banquet at The Dorchester Hotel.

Value: $60,000-$80,000.

Diana, Princess of Wales, at an evening function at the Dorchester Hotel wearing a dress designed by Catherine Walker. 

A petal pink silk Catherine Walker gown double worn by Princess to the reopening of the Savoy theatre and to a performance of La bohème at the London Coliseum, both events were in the autumn of 1993. The slim fitting gown is lined in silk and has a long sleeve off the shoulder bodice embellished with bands of simulated pearls, faceted glass, and beadwork with a drop waist and pleated skirt.

Value: $60,000-$80,000

Diana, Princess Of Wales, attends a performance of ' La Boheme, at the London Coliseum. 
July 19,1993, Princess Diana attends a reopening of the Savoy theatre in an embellished Catherine Walker dress. 

A strapless Catherine Walker gown that Diana wore to a private event. The slender fitting gown is composed of ivory silk crepe with bands of black silk velvet with a graduated hemline and silk lining.

Value: $60,000-$80,000.

The gowns were originally auctioned by the Princess in 1997, accompanied by this catalogue.
The catalogue was signed by Diana, and will also be auctioned.
A note about the sale from Diana herself, reads "The inspiration for this wonderful sale comes from just one person ... our son William." Diana, June 1997

A set of gold tone commemorative cufflinks and buttons in a blue case marked "Royal Wedding HRH The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer 29th July 1981."

Value: $600-$800.

Also included in the auction is a blank invitation to the royal wedding of William and Kate in 2011.
A slice of royal wedding cake (that you're REALLY not going to want to eat...) from the marriage of Price William and Kate Middleton. 
 The slice of fruit cake made by Fiona Cairns is contained within a presentation tin was presented to guests and dignitaries at the April 29, 2011 wedding. 
The card accompanying William and Kate's wedding cake. Together, these 4 items from the 2011 royal wedding are valued at $1,000-$2,000.
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A collection of dresses once worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, will go up for auction this December in Beverly Hills, California. The gowns, most of which were designed by Diana's favorite designer (and personal couturier for years) Catherine Walker, were previously auctioned in 1997 by the Princess herself.

They'll now return to be bid upon once again, with one particular dress expected to sell for up to $100,000. The dresses will be sold by Julien's Auctions and while some dresses are valued between $60,000-$80,000, we wouldn't be surprised to see them fetch much more.

Princess Diana gowns
When auctioned in June 1997, the dresses were sold by Christie's in London just a month before Diana's tragic passing. Also included in December's sale are cufflinks from Diana's wedding to the Prince of Wales, as well as some items from William and Kate's wedding in 2011. A piece of the Cambridges' wedding cake (probably NOT one you'll want to eat) in a commemorative tin, as well as a blank invitation to their wedding is expected to sell for up to $4,000.

Click through the gallery above to see everything that will be auctioned this winter, and how Diana wore the looks herself.

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