Diana, Princess of Wales collectibles
Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was a member of the British Royal Family, an international personality and the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales whom she married on 29 July 1981.
Diana also received recognition for her charity work, in particular her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Diana was born into the Spencer family on 1 July 1961, who had been close to the British Royal Family for centuries after rising in royal favour during the 17th century. Diana herself was descended from King Charles II of England through four illegitimate sons.
The Prince of Wales proposed to Diana on 6 February 1981 and Diana accepted – but their engagement wasn’t officially announced for a next few weeks.
Diana’s first public appearance with Charles after the announcement was made attracted attention as Diana bent forward to climb out of her car. She was met with a fury of press flash bulbs and the headlines next day included 'Daring Di sets fashion as she takes the plunge'.
Diana and Charles’s marriage produced two sons, Princes William and Harry. They are currently second and third in line to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms.
Her public celebrity began after the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles. This media scrutiny continued though her divorce from Charles in 28 August 1996, to her death alongside her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul in a Paris car crash on 31 August 1997.
Today, recognition of Diana’s life and legacy continues as does her popularity among collectors, historians and the press. Posthumously, she was given the unofficial nickname “The People’s Princess” – coined by then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In 2010, items from the Spencer family estate were auctioned by Christie’s, including several pieces of art. These included Rubens' portrait, A Commander Being Armed For Battle, dated to circa 1613-1614.
The work once hung in Althorp, the Spencers' ancestral home. It sold for $13,663,898.
Several items of vintage clothing owned by Princess Diana have been sold at auction.
The dress Princess Diana wore to a White House state dinner in 1985, when she famously danced with John Travolta, sold for £240,000 at Kerry Taylor Auctions in March 2013, alongside 9 other gowns she had owned.
A black taffeta gown worn by Princess Diana was sold for £192,000 by Kerry Taylor Auctions in June 2010. It was estimated to fetch £30,000-50,000.
A fuchsia pink evening dress worn by Princess Diana was sold in October 2010 for $205,000 by Gotta Have It! Collectibles Inc of New York.
Boasting a '1930s inspired' design courtesy of Victor Edelstein, the dress was worn by Diana at a charity event, and again at a gala with the President of Hungary in 1992.
According to reports, it went to an anonymous buyer.
At at Juliens sale in Beverley Hills in May 2011, two dresses worn by Princess Diana were sold for a total of $276,000.
The first dress , which sold for $144,000, was a black crepe evening gown worn by the Princess during a state visit in 1992. The second, which sold for $132,000, was a strapless silk chiffon dress which she wore to both the Cannes Film Festival in 1987 and a portrait sitting in the same year.
Both dresses had been previously sold by the Princess herself at a charity auction three months before her death in August 1997, and had been kept in climate-controlled storage by their owners WeTV and Wedding Central..
Australia celebrated the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana with the release of a set of two postage stamps featuring an image of the couple on July 29, 1981.
Following her death, Niger paid tribute to Princess Diana by releasing two mint sheets of nine stamps on September 30th 1997. One sheet shows the Princess performing various humanitarian deeds. The other shows her in various designer dresses.
On January 19th 1998, a St Lucian stamp was released featuring a portrait of Princess Diana to commemorate her death.
On February 3rd, 1998, Great Britain issued a set of 5 stamps to memorialise Princess Diana. Each stamp features a different portrait of the Princess.
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