Kim Kardashian paid around $200,000 for the Attallah Cross pendant that was encrusted with diamonds and worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. A representative for Kardashian outbid other bidders for the amethyst cross in the final five minutes of the Royal and Noble collection sale at Sotheby’s auction house in London on Wednesday. According to Sotheby’s, the object doubled its pre-auction estimate and sold for almost $4 million.
Sotheby’s London’s head of jewelry, Kristian Spofforth, said in a news release on Wednesday that the necklace “cannot fail to make a colorful statement, whether of religion or fashion — or indeed both” due to its size, color, and design. “We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life within the hands of another globally famous name,” Spofforth added.
According to the auction house, the pendant was crafted by court jeweler Garrard in 1920 and comprises square-cut amethyst stones arranged in the shape of a cross and embellished with circular-cut diamonds in a characteristic floral arrangement. The overall dimensions of the piece are about 5.45 by 3.70 inches, and it contains about 5.25 carats of diamonds.
According to Sotheby’s, the late businessman Naim Attallah purchased the piece from Garrard in the 1980s and gave it to his friend, Princess Diana, so that she could wear it to various formal events. According to the auction house, Princess Diana “had a particular fondness” for the pendant, and she famously wore it with a black and purple Catherine Walker dress to a gala in October 1987 in support of Birthright, an organization that works to protect human rights during pregnancy and childbirth.
After marrying the future King of the United Kingdom, Charles III, the princess gained worldwide fame and used it to advocate for a variety of causes, including those pertaining to leprosy, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and mental health.
“Princess Diana’s confidence grew during the 1980s as she became known for increasingly bold fashion choices, moving away from the more romantic and subdued style she had hitherto favored,” said Sotheby’s in the release. “The fact that she is known to have worn what is now known as the Attallah Cross on several times — mostly to private occasions, substantiates this evolution,” it added.
From what the auction house has heard, Diana was the only person to ever wear the cross, and this is its first public showing since her passing. However, Kim Kardashian wore a piece of Hollywood history to the Met Gala last year, so this is a piece of British royal history whereas that was a bit of Hollywood history.
She wore the same sparkling skin-tight gown that Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 when she, at age 42, made her red carpet debut.
Kim Kardashian reportedly spent close to $200,000 for the Attallah Cross pendant, which was once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales and set with diamonds. On Wednesday at the Sotheby’s auction house in London, a representative for Kardashian outbid other bids in the final five minutes of the Royal and Noble collection sale.
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