Diana’s ‘Travolta’ gown prepared for auction

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter

One of Diana, Princess of Wales’s most famous dresses is being prepared for auction.

The princess wore the midnight-blue, off-the-shoulder, velvet gown by Victor Edelstein when she danced with Hollywood actor John Travolta during a state banquet at the White House given by US President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

It was the star attraction when Diana auctioned off scores of her outfits for charity in 1997, and then went for more than £120,000.

Diana’s ‘Travolta’ gown (David Mirzoeff/PA)

It was last sold at auction in 2013 for £240,000 and bought by an anonymous bidder who said he wanted to surprise his wife.

Up for sale again, the gown will go under the hammer on December 9 at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London and is expected to fetch between £250,000 and £350,000.

Two other items from late princess’s wardrobe will also form part of the Passion For Fashion sale.

A long-sleeved Katherine Cusack evening gown – also midnight-blue velvet – from 1986 is set to fetch an estimated £20,000-£30,000.

A navy wool dress with wide, white collar by Catherine Walker from 1989 is expected to be sold for up to £6,000.