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Princess Diana's gowns, Duchess Kate's wedding cake up for auction

More than 17 years after the death of Princess Diana of Wales, some of her gowns — and a rather unusual slice of royal family history — are going up for auction. A petal-pink gown by one of Diana’s favorite designers, Catherine Walker, is expected to bring in between $60,000 and $80,000. Diana wore the beaded, silk-lined gown to London’s Savoy Theatre on one occasion and again to a perfor
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More than 17 years after the death of Princess Diana of Wales, some of her gowns — and a rather unusual slice of royal family history — are going up for auction

A petal-pink gown by one of Diana’s favorite designers, Catherine Walker, is expected to bring in between $60,000 and $80,000. Diana wore the beaded, silk-lined gown to London’s Savoy Theatre on one occasion and again to a performance of “La Bohème” at London Coliseum in the fall of 1993.

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Another one of Walker’s designs, a green chartreuse silk georgette gown, is expected to yield a similar sum. Diana wore the dress to a Nov. 11, 1993, banquet hosted by Malaysia’s head of state, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, at London’s Dorchester Hotel. With emerald-green silk lining, off-the-shoulder fitted short sleeves and a long slim skirt, the dress comes with a custom wardrobe bag and a dress form.

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Fellow designer Caroline Charles designed a burgundy wool coat dress that’s expected to fetch between $20,000 and $40,000. Diana sported it on multiple occasions in the early ’80s, including on a visit to London’s Milan Asian Community Playgroup, and while at Aberdeen Airport, where she was returning from Balmoral Castle in Scotland — and pregnant with Prince William. Kensington Palace later featured the coat in an exhibit.

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Perhaps the most coveted dress in the auction is designer Zandra Rhodes’ ivory silk chiffon evening gown, accented by micro rhinestones. Expected to be sold for between $80,000 and $100,000, the dress was worn by Diana to a benefit at the London Palladium in May 1987. It was exhibited in 2002 at Kensington Palace, where other Rhodes-designed looks for Diana remain part of a permanent Royal Family collection.

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And for bidders who want to pretend they were guests at a royal wedding (or perhaps relive it), they can vie for a slice of Prince William and Duchess Kate's wedding cake that was served at the couple’s April 29, 2011 reception. Made by Fiona Cairns, the fruit cake includes a decorative tin, an enclosure card that celebrates the nuptials of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and a blank wedding invitation on Queen Elizabeth II’s stationery. It’s expected to go for between $1,000 and $2,000.

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The Beverly Hills, California-based company Julien’s Auctions will be selling the items Dec. 5 and 6.

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