Kim Kardashian bought the Attallah Cross pendant worn by Princess Diana at a charity gala in London in 1987.
A representative of the 42 year old reality star bought the large piece of amethyst and diamond jewelry at Sotheby’s auction for $197,453, according to a press release obtained by FOX Business.
According to the press release, the gem-encrusted crucifix sold in the final five minutes of Sotheby’s annual Royal & Noble auction after Kardashian’s representative outbid three other competitors for the piece “for more than double of its pre-auction estimate”.
“We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life in the hands of another world famous name,” Sotheby’s director of jewelery Kristian Spofforth said in a statement.
He Wale’s princess She wore the statement piece on a long pearl necklace to a benefit gala benefiting Birthright, a nonprofit organization that provides support and resources to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Diana paired the necklace with a baroque-style black and purple velvet gown designed by Catherine Walker, a favorite of the late royal.
Created in the 1920s by royal jeweler Garrard, the pendant was purchased by Diana’s friend Naim Attallah CBE in the 1980s. Atallah lent the cross to the princess on several occasions.
“It is understood that the cross was used only by the princessand after his death, he was never seen in public again until now,” according to the press release.
The statement further read: “The cross pendant, believed to be a one-off private commission by Garrard for one of his regular clients, is a bold and colorful piece set with square-cut amethysts and accented by circular-cut diamonds. .
“The cross has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats and measures approximately 136 by 95mm.”
Diana chose her famous Garrard sapphire and diamond group engagement ring in 1981. Her son, Prince William, gave the ring to his wife Kate Middleton when they got engaged in 2010.
This isn’t the first time Kardashian has acquired a historical item worn by a famous figure. In 2019, Kardashians paid $25,000 in a sale organized by Julien’s Auctions to win an outfit Janet Jackson wore in her 1993 music video for “What If.”
That same year, the SKIMS mogul also shared that she and then-husband Kanye West had bought their daughter North a custom velvet jacket worn by Michael Jackson to Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday party in 1997 and again at a screening. of his movie “Ghosts”.
Kardashian made the winning bid of $65,625, though the piece was only expected to fetch between $10,000 and $20,000. Julien’s said before the auction..
In May 2022, the TV personality caused a stir when she wore Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress to the Met Gala.
The late actress wore the Jean Louis dress to serenade President John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962.
Kardashian was later accused of damaging the dress, which she wore for a few minutes on the red carpet before changing into a replica.
However, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which owns the dress and lent it to Kardashian, denied the allegations.
“The fact is that she, in no way, damaged the garment in the short period of time it was worn at the Met Gala,” the organization wrote on its website.
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