In the last couple of months we’ve seen some of Kate Middleton’s favourite dresses selling for two or three times the price on eBay.
But yesterday a collection of 14 dresses belonging to her mother-in-law, Princess Diana, were sold at an auction in Canada, fetching a grand total of more than £2 million and proving that she’s still a fashion icon, 14 years after her death.
The dresses were sold by an American, Maureen Rorech Dunkel, who bought them for £420,000 at a Christie’s auction in June 1997, two months before Diana’s death. At the time the princess was selling them to raise money for Aids and cancer charities.
Mss Dunkel, a Florida-based entrepreneur who filed for bankruptcy last year, left the room in tears before the auction began.
The dresses went for more than £2 million in just 25 minutes; a midnight blue gown that she wore to dance with John Travolta in 1985 attracted the highest bids and was sold for £510,000.
A cream silk gown which she wore for a Mario Testino photoshoot sold for almost £160,000 and a burgundy velvet dress and tailcoat that she wore to a film premiere in 1990 was auctioned for £130,000.
Experts had predicted that the dresses would fetch more, but that still sounds like an impressive amount to us.
Maybe we should try to pick up a couple of Kate’s high-street dresses while we’ve got the chance. Who knows what they’ll be worth in 20 years?