Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 28, 2013

Glamorous Diana dresses up for auction

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The other dresses, valued from 30,000 pounds to 120,000 pounds, include a pale pink A-line gown and bolero set, both richly embroidered in crystals and sequins; a one-shouldered cream and floral-embroidered number; and a white chiffon cocktail dress with a draped skirt.

Diana decided to sell dozens of her dresses at a New York charity auction at the suggestion of her son, Prince William, in 1997 — three months before she died in a Paris car crash. Florida-based socialite Maureen Dunkel bought about a dozen of the dresses — including the ten to be sold next month — and put them up for auction in Canada in 2011, but the prices were set too high and many dresses didn't sell.

Kerry Taylor Auctions declined to disclose the identity of the sellers for the dresses in the upcoming auction. Taylor said only that this time the prices are "realistic" and buyers have already shown interest.

The sale is set for Mar. 19.

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