Kim Kardashian bought the Attallah Cross pendant worn by Princess Diana at a charity gala in London in 1987.
A representative for the 42-year-old reality TV star purchased the large amethyst and diamond gem at a 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 rep outbid three other competitors to nab the piece “at more double its pre-auction estimate.
“We are delighted that this piece has found new life in the hands of another world-famous name,” Sotheby’s head of jewelery Kristian Spofforth said in a statement.
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The Princess of Wales wore the statement piece on a long strand of pearls at a charity gala benefiting Birthright, a non-profit organization that provides support and resources for women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Diana paired the necklace with a black and purple Baroque-style velvet dress 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. Attallah loaned the cross to the princess on several occasions.
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“It is understood that the cross was only ever worn by the Princess, and after her death has never been seen in public again until now,” according to the press release.
The statement further states: “The cross-shaped pendant – believed to be a unique private commission from Garrard for one of his regular clients – is a bold and colorful piece set with square-cut amethysts and accented with diamond-cut diamonds. circular.
“The cross has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats and measures approximately 136 by 95mm.”
Diana chose her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Garrard 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 historic item worn by a famous person. In 2019, Kardashian paid $25,000 at a sale hosted by Julien’s Auctions to win an ensemble that Janet Jackson wore in her 1993 music video for “What If.”
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That same year, the SKIMS mogul also shared that she and her then-husband Kanye West bought their daughter North a personalized velvet jacket worn by Michael Jackson at Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday party. in 1997 and again at a screening of his film “Ghosts”.
Kardashian made the winning bid of $65,625, although 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 turning into a replica.
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However, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which owns the dress and loaned it to Kardashian, denied the allegations.
“The fact remains that she did not damage the garment in any way during the short time it was worn at the Met Gala,” the organization wrote on its website.