Princess Diana's Dress Fetches More than $276,000 at Auction!

06/09/2010 at 12:30 PM ET

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Princess Diana may be gone, but she’s certainly not forgotten. The daring black taffeta gown that she wore for her first public appearance as Prince Charles fiancée, fetched a whopping £192,000 (about $276,621) at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London yesterday. Bought by Chilean fashion museum Fundación Museo De La Moda, the dress–designed by Elizabeth Emanuel and David Emanuel–was sold along with an original copy of the invoice, fashion sketches, and photographs of Di wearing it. “As the weeks before her wedding progressed, Diana lost so much weight that she returned the gown to the Emanuels to have it taken in,” explained auctioneer Kerry Taylor at yesterday’s sale. “The alterations required were so drastic that they decided it would be easier to re-make a smaller version for her. They kept the original and forgot about it only re-discovering it quite recently.” A bold choice at the time for its color–which was reserved for funerals in royal circles–and its somewhat revealing nature, the strapless dress established Princess Diana as a budding fashion icon. Jorge Yarur, founder of the museum that bought the dress, said that upon his death, Princess Diana’s dress will be returned home, donated to Kensington Palace. –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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Elda on

i would do anything to have anything Diana would wear!! Will always be a Fan!!

Em on

I am right there with you Elda. I was a huge fan and still am. Miss her style and warmth.

Snoopie on

I remembering setting my alarm to watch the wedding ceremony. :) Then setting it again for her Funeral..:( She wont be forgotten.

Lori A on

She was and in my mind, still is, a huge fashion icon. Everytime she stepped out for an event, she looked stunning! Miss her terribly.

Jon on

That’s so nice to hear!

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Cynthia S on

I was up late the night the Prince and Princess were married and watched it on tv, in the wee hours of the morning. I remember her train being half as long as the church isle, what a Princess she really was. I was up late the night Diana died and watched it unfold on TV, somewhat shocked, again in the wee hours of the morning. I’d like to be able to afford her clothes, but don’t think I’d like to own any of her things, well maybe her engagement ring…

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lmlong on

What a stunning woman she was! Very few GOD ever makes!!

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