A Princess Diana Dress That Was Bought Used for £200 in 1994 Is Now On Sale for £100K

A dress that Princess Diana wore during a 1986 trip to Bahrain was sold in a secondhand store for £200 in 1994. Now, the dress is on sale for £100K.

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How much does it cost to dress like one of the greatest style icons of all time? Right now, the answer is £100,000—for one dress.

That's the going price for an authentic gown that was once worn by Princess Diana (opens in new tab) during a visit to Bahrain in 1986, during her tour of the Gulf States. The ivory silk gown by David Emanuel (who also designed Diana's wedding dress (opens in new tab)) isn't the first piece from Diana's personal wardrobe to go on sale—in 2016, for example, The Telegraph (opens in new tab) reported on three of Diana's dresses that were going up for auction—but this dress has a very unique backstory.

Namely? It's not the first time it's gone up for sale. In 1994, the dress was bought by an unnamed thrifter, who paid just £200 for the gown at a secondhand shop.

How does that happen? According toThe Mirror (opens in new tab), the dress was donated to a secondhand store in Hereford by the housekeeper of Mynde Park estate, where Diana's close friend (opens in new tab) Caroline Twiston-Davies lived. The woman who bought the dress for £200 reportedly knew that the dress had belonged to the Princess of Wales, but says she didn't realize its "importance" at the time.

According to The Mirror, the woman bought the dress to wear to a hunt ball that she never ended up attending. Like so many thrifted dresses before it, the gown sat, unworn, in the woman's closet for years.

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Recently, the woman was watching a documentary about Diana (opens in new tab) and saw the royal wearing the gown during her trip to the Gulf States. The gown will be auctioned off by Kerry Taylor Auctions of Bermondsey, South London, and its value has been estimated at between between £80,000 and £100,000.

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Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said (opens in new tab) of the gown's history:

So...who wants to go in on this dress? Anyone?

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.