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Princess Diana's iconic gowns up for sale

Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM ET

Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House in one of the gowns for sale: a midnight-blue velvet dress designed by Victor Edelstein.

Ten of Princess Diana’s iconic gowns are up for sale — again.

The collection — originally auctioned at Christie’s in 1997, just months before the Princess of Wales’ death — includes embroidered, chiffon and crushed velvet evening gowns and cocktail dresses created by some of Diana’s favorite designers: Zandra Rhones, Bruce Oldfield, Victor Edelstein and Catherine Walker.

Included in the collection: the midnight-blue velvet dress Diana wore to the White House in 1985 where she famously danced with John Travolta.

Kelly Taylor Auctions is estimating that bids for each gown will start anywhere between £20,000 and £200,000 (roughly $30,000 and $300,000).

The auction, "Fit for a Princess: Important dresses formerly in the collection of Diana, Princess of Wales," will take place Tuesday, March 19 in London. Diana fans can check out the auction house’s virtual catalog for a closer look.

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This Victor Edelstein bottle-green velvet evening gown was worn for private entertaining during the winter of 1985. It's estimated at anywhere between £20,000 and £30,000 (roughly $35,000 and $45,000).

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This Zandra Rhodes white cocktail dress was worn to the Birthright benefit at the London Palladium in 1987. It's estimated at £30,000 and £40,000 (roughly $45,000 and $60,000).

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Worn during the State visit to Korea in 1992 and to the premiere of "Steel Magnolias" in 1990, this Catherine Walker burgundy velvet sheath is estimated to go for anywhere between £40,000 and £60,000 (roughly $60,000 and $90,000).

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This Catherine Walker sea-green sequined evening gown was worn for the State visit to Austria in 1989. It is estimated at anywhere between £30,000 and £50,000 (roughly $45,000 and $75,000).

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Worn for an official portrait by Kird Snowdon and at the opening of "Les Miserables" at the Barbican centre in 1985, this Bruce Oldfield black velvet evening gown is estimated to go for anywhere between £30,000 and £50,000 (roughly $45,000 and $75,000).

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This Catherine Walker pink sequined ivory crepe gown was won at a banquet given by President Collor at the Itamaraty Palace while on a State visit to Brazil in 1991. It is estimated at anywhere between £40,000 and £60,000 (roughly $60,000 and $90,000).

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This Catherine Walker black velvet and beaded evening gown was worn for the Vanity Fair photo-shoot at Kensington Palace in 1997. It's estimated at anywhere between £50,000 and £70,000 (roughly $75,000 and $105,000).

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Worn during a State visit to Australia and to the film premiere of "Back to the Future" in 1985, this Catherine Walker burgundy crushed velvet evening gown is estimated to go for anywhere between £40,000 and £50,000 (roughly $60,000 and $75,000).

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This Catherine Walker evening gown was Mughal-inspired, featuring lavishly embroidered pink silk. It was made for the State visit to India in 1992 and is estimated to go for anywhere between £80,000 and £120,000 (roughly $120,000 and $183,000).

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This Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet evening gown was worn to the State dinner at the White House, when Princess Diana famously danced with John Travolta. It is estimated at anywhere between £200,000 and £300,000 (roughly $305,000 and $455,000).

Take a look back at Princess Diana's most unforgettable fashion choices.

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