LONDON (Reuters) – A sweeping gown Princess Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta at the White House has been bought for more than $280,000 by the charity that looks after her former palace.
The bodiced, off-the-shoudler, midnight blue dress by couturier Victor Edelstein, was put up for sale by London’s Kerry Taylor Auctions on Monday, with an estimated price tag of 250,000-300,000 pounds ($320,750 – $384,900).
It failed to reach those figures during live bidding, but 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 auction house said in a statement.
The charity Historic Royal Palaces – which looks after Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London as well as the public parts of Diana’s former home, Kensington Palace – said on Wednesday it had bought a piece of history.
“Not only is the ‘Travolta’ dress a fantastic example of couture…
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