Princess Diana was known for her incredible fashion choices throughout her life. She made a big impact on how people view royal fashion and symbols. She wore many iconic outfits, like her famous wedding dress and the stylish black velvet dress she wore in 1994, which people called her “revenge dress.”
But in New York, her outfit made history for the highest price paid at auction for a garment worn by Princess Diana. It wasn’t a fancy gown or a rare designer accessory; it was a simple knitted sweater.
This red sweater had a single black sheep among white sheep and was worn by Princess Diana when she was 19 years old, shortly after she got engaged to Prince Charles in 1981. She wore it in a polo match in which the Prince participated. It became a famous piece of clothing for her. It brought more than $1.1 million at auction
However, after wearing it once, she noticed a small issue with the cuff and sent it back to the makers, Muir and Osborne, who kindly made her a new one. At the 1983 polo match, Diana’re-wore’ the new item.
Recently, this sweater was sold at auction by Sotheby’s for over $1.1 million. This was much more than expected, as the initial estimate was between $50,000 to $80,000. The bidding was intense, and the price went up rapidly in the final minutes.
The winning bidder’s identity was not disclosed, but this sale set a record for the highest price ever paid for an item of clothing worn by Princess Diana. It also became the most valuable sweater ever sold at auction.
This sweater has a special place in Princess Diana’s fashion history, as it was created by little-known designers Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. Their company, Warm and Wonderful, gained fame after Diana wore their design.
The auction house Sotheby’s mentioned that this sweater represents a time in Diana’s life before all the challenges she faced, and it’s a piece of her enduring legacy. “We are thrilled that this cherished sweater has now found a new home, carrying with it the enduring legacy of Princess Diana.”