Dress Diana wore for Travolta dance sells for more than $280,000

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LONDON (Reuters) – A sweeping robe Princess Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta on the White House has been purchased for more than $280,000 by the charity that appears after her former palace.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Princess Diana’s Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet night robe (estimated at £250,000 – £350,000), which was worn by the princess when she danced with actor John Travolta on the White House in 1985. Also pictured is her Katherine Cusack night robe (estimated at £20,000 -£30,000) and her Catherine Walker costume (estimated £4,000 – £6,000), displayed at Kerry Taylor auctions in London, Britain December 8, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

The bodiced, off-the-shoudler, midnight blue costume by couturier Victor Edelstein, was put up for sale by London’s Kerry Taylor Auctions on Monday, with an estimated price ticket of 250,000-300,000 kilos ($320,750 – $384,900).

It failed to achieve these figures throughout dwell bidding, however the charity moved in afterwards.

“It was sold post-auction … for a hammer price of 220,000 pounds. The seller was delighted as he hoped it would stay in the UK,” the public sale home stated in a press release.

The charity Historic Royal Palaces – which takes care of Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London in addition to the general public elements of Diana’s former residence, Kensington Palace – stated on Wednesday it had purchased a chunk of historical past.

“Not only is the ‘Travolta’ dress a fantastic example of couture tailoring designed to dazzle on a state occasion, it represents a key moment in the story of twentieth century royal fashion,” Eleri Lynn, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, stated in a press release.

“We’re delighted to have acquired this iconic evening gown for the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection – a designated collection of national and international importance – over twenty years since it first left Kensington Palace,” she added.

Diana wore the costume in 1985 at a White House state dinner, the place she danced with the “Grease” actor.

Auctioneer Kerry Taylor stated the robe had beforehand been purchased in 2013 for 200,000 kilos “by a romantic gentleman who wanted basically to cheer up his wife”.

“But since then it’s spent most of its time locked away in a wardrobe and now as a couple they feel they really want this to go out into the public domain.”

Reporting by Marissa Davison; extra reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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