Princess Diana’s Midnight-Blue Velvet Gown Worn To Dance With John Travolta in 1985 is up for grabs
Renowned as the most charismatic fashion and philanthropic figure, the late Princess Diana’s much vaunted trip to the U.S. with Prince Charles back in November 1985, was famously remembered for a White House gala dinner hosted by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy where the Princess took to the White House dance floor with movie-actor John Travolta and stole the show, wearing a midnight blue velvet gown and sapphire and diamond choker. Now that spectacular Diana-John Travolta dance dress she wore for the occasion, along with ten of her most iconic dresses that her son Prince William persuaded her to part with for charity, are set to be sold in London on March 19th. Besides, we also recently reported about the sale of Princess Diana’s armored Rolls Royce that carried her and Prince Charles to the White House to meet the U.S. President Ronald Reagan, along with the Princess Diana’s black taffeta dress known for her first official appearance after announcing her engagement to Prince Charles was sold for $276,000 by Kerry Taylor Auctions, the very same auctioneer now offering Diana’s 10 dresses.
With an estimate of $305,989 – $458,940, the Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet gown will lead a sale of Diana’s most iconic garments at Kerry Taylor Auctions, entitled Fit for a Princess. Kerry Taylor, the founder of the auction house also placed the Travolta dress which was sold for $293,667 in 2010, as the most important dress the charming and fashionable Princess of Wales ever wore.
However, this event was historically marked as one of the first moments when Royal-watchers realized that not all was well with Charles and Diana.
Aside from the Travolta dress, the auction also includes Diana’s Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired dress (pictured above) that was made for the state visit to India in 1992, which is estimated at $122,330-183,300.
Further, the 3rd highest estimate of the sale goes to the black velvet evening gown that was worn for Diana’s 1997 Vanity Fair shoot by renowned photographer Mario Testino.
UPDATE: Princess Diana gowns fetched $1.2 million at auction, including the gown Princess Diana wore while dancing with John Travolta that alone was sold for $362,400 in auction. The velvet, midnight-blue gown designed by Victor Edelstein got the highest bidding of all the ten gowns for auction and was bought by an anonymous buyer.