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Glamorous Princess Diana dresses up for auction

The beaded neckline Catherine Walker black velvet evening gown worn for Vanity Fair phoshoot by Britain's Princess Dianis adjusted by

The beaded neckline of a Catherine Walker black velvet evening gown worn for a Vanity Fair photo shoot by Britain's Princess Diana is adjusted by house assistant Lucy Bishop at the Kerry Taylor auction rooms in London, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The dress estimated to realise 50,000-70,000 pounds ( 77,000-108,000 US Dollars) will be sold in the Fit For a Princess auction in London on March 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Updated: February 28, 2013 10:53AM



LONDON — If dresses could talk, this dark navy, figure-hugging velvet number would have the best stories to tell.

Princess Diana wore it on state visits, at royal banquets, and most memorably to a gala dinner at the White House in 1985, when she took to the dance floor with Hollywood star John Travolta.

The Victor Edelstein gown will go under the hammer at a vintage fashion auction in London in March, along with nine other of Diana’s lavish evening dresses. In total, Kerry Taylor Auctions say the sale is expected to raise more than 800,000 pounds ($1.2 million.)

The dresses, all in the signature 1980s look — padded shoulders, puffed sleeves, crushed velvet — are snapshots in the princess’s glamorous, jet-setting life.

The sale is set for March 19.



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