Di’s dress sells for £192,000

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THE sar­to­rial ex­per­i­ments of most teenage girls are best for­got­ten.

But yes­ter­day, the dar­ing black dress that Princess Diana wore for her first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment as the fi­ancee of Prince Charles, sold for a stag­ger­ing £192,000 at auc­tion. The Emanuel gown – which was thought by 19-year-old Diana to be the epit­ome of grown-up glam­our, but hor­ri­fied staid palace courtiers – was snapped up by a fashion mu­seum in Chile for al­most quadru­ple its es­ti­mated value. The £517.20 dress, pic­tured right, was worn by the then Lady Diana Spencer to a char­ity ball at London’s Gold­smiths’ Hall in March 1981. It was ru­moured that Diana had de­stroyed the dress – which had a bust size of 34 inches and a waist of 26 inches – be­cause her fu­ture in-laws were so shocked by it. In re­al­ity, she only re­turned it to the Emanuels to be al­tered when she lost weight. It was one of 30 lots put up for sale by de­sign­ers and ex-part­ners David and El­iz­a­beth at Kerry Tay­lor Auc­tions in London yes­ter­day, which net­ted a to­tal of £282,720.

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