Princess Diana's Blue 'John Travolta' Dress Sells For £240,000

Category: Media & Culture / Mar 19, 2013 4:43PM EDT
A midnight blue off-the-shoulder evening gown worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, when she danced with John Travolta at a White House state dinner in 1985 fetched £240,000 ($362,000 US dollars) at auction on Tuesday (March 19th). The dress technically sold for £200,000 but an extra 20% auction charge was added to the total. It was bought as a present by an anonymous bidder for his wife. Speaking to Reuters after the sale, auctioneer Kerry Taylor told Reuters, "He phoned me up to say that he wanted to buy a present for his wife as a surprise and they were going to be having tea at the Dorchester this afternoon and I promised that I would phone him if he was successful that so the minute the auction was finished I gave him a call and he said they were going to toast the purchase with some champagne so it was very nice. Very romantic husband." The dress, designed by Victor Edelstein, was one of ten dresses that were put up for auction at Kerry Taylor Auctions. The dresses were last seen together at auction in New York in June 1997, just two months before Diana died. The Princess decided the sell some of her most lavish evening wear to raise money for charity. Video Source: Reuters