Princess Diana’s Sweater Expected To Fetch About $80,000, As It Goes On Sale For The First Time Ever

The sweater (inset) will be on display at Sotheby’s in New York starting on September 7 during the Fashion Week

Before her death, Princess Diana had a celebrated “black sheep” sweater which was first worn by Woman Diana Spencer at a polo match in 1981 when she was locked in to the now Prince Charles III.

Between August 31 and September 14, 2023, the sweater will be the main item at Sotheby’s Fashion Icons auction in New York and online.

The sweater will be on display at Sotheby’s in New York starting on September 7 during the Fashion Week.

According to Sotheby’s, the original sweater, which is expected to sell for $50,000 to $80,000 when it goes up for sale for the first time, will be on display at the auction house starting on September 7, which is the beginning of New York Fashion Week.

The exceptional garment, which had been meticulously preserved, whispered about Princess Diana’s grace, charm, and flair for fashion.

The historic sweater will be included in the inaugural Fashion Icons auction, where it will be auctioned alongside other memorable and culturally significant clothing items.

The small clothing industry gained popularity after Diana’s look went viral. Muir and Osborne said in the release, “Much to our amazement, the first we knew Lady Diana Spencer was wearing the sweater was when we saw her on the front page of one of the Sunday newspapers.”

They went on to say, “Her influence was impactful almost immediately afterwards, leading to a surge in sales and public awareness of our small label, for which we will be forever grateful.”

According to Sotheby’s, Muir and Osborne received a letter from Buckingham Palace a few weeks after Diana’s first outing in the garment informing them that Diana had damaged her beloved sheep sweater (a small tear in one of the cuffs is visible in images supplied by the auction house) and politely requesting either a replacement or repair.

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The designers received the sweater back from the palace, and they knitted Diana an entirely new one. A note of appreciation was later sent to the designers by the palace.

According to the Warm & Wonderful website, Diana was depicted in the brand-new sweater in 1982 while attending another polo match. On the new sweater, the lone black sheep appears to be higher than on the original among the white sheep in the photograph.

Sotheby’s reports that Muir and Osborne rediscovered the original sweater in their attic in March of this year. It was hidden in a small box next to a cotton bed spread.

In this case, the release states that the sweater prompted speculation about whether the princess felt a connection to the lone black sheep due to her complicated relationship with the royal family. The media have long speculated about possible hidden meanings in Diana’s clothing choices. It is simply interpreted as a celebration of Britain’s agricultural history by others.

While Warm & Wonderful stopped making the lone black sheep style in 1994, it resumed making copies of the design in 2020, which are still available for pre-order online for £250 ($295). A version of the sweater is in the permanent collection at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Emma Corrin, who played Diana in the fourth season of the popular Netflix drama about the British royal family, was also the recipient of a replica.

Credit: CNN

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