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Black gown once worn by Princess Diana sells for record-breaking £904,000

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Black gown once worn by Princess Diana sells for record-breaking £904,000

A Jacques Azagury gown worn by Princess Diana in 1985 has broken a new fashion record after selling for 11 times its estimated price.

The black velvet evening dress had been estimated to sell for around $100,000 (£78,776) when it went under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood.

However, it fetched a staggering $1,148,080 (£904,262) – making it the most expensive dress worn by the late princess to be sold at auction.

The previous record holder, a 1991 Victor Edelstein velvet gown, sold for $604,800 at an auction in January.

The most expensive item of clothing ever worn by Diana remains her iconic black sheep jumper, which fetched a staggering $1.14m (£920,000) in a Sotheby’s auction in New York in September.

Diana initially donned the frock in Italy in 1985 while on a royal tour with her then-husband, Charles, and again to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

A dress worn by Princess Diana at a dinner in Florence in 1985, at the Fashion Rules Royal dress exhibition in Kensington Palace, which opens tomorrow in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. picture date: Wednesday July 3, 2013. See PA story. Royal Fashion. Photo credit should read; John Stillwell/PA Wire.

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The collector’s item features metallic embroidered stars carefully threaded by the design team at Jacques Azagury

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The collector’s item was constructed with fabric chosen by world-renowned textile merchant Jakob Schlaepher and featured metallic embroidered stars carefully threaded by the design team at Jacques Azagury.

The ballerina skirt was considered a nod to her patronage of the English National Ballet and her love of dance.

Also on sale at the auction was a pink crepe blouse worn by Diana for her engagement portrait in 1981.

(From the left) A green and black tartan wool day-suit worn by the Princess of Wales on a royal visit to Italy in 1985, a pale pink chiffon blouse worn for Diana's first official portrait in 1981 and brown tweed wool day suit worn on her honeymoon in Balmoral in 1981 at the preview of Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition at Kensington Palace in London.

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A pale pink blouse (centre) worn for Diana’s first official portrait in 1981 was also sold

It sold for $381,000 (£300,990) – nearly four times its original estimate of $80,000 (£63,000).

A Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1963 comedy Charade, a sleeveless gown worn by Gloria Swanson in the 1950 noir film Sunset Boulevard and Barbra Streisand’s sailor dress from a 1960s special called My Name Is Barbra were also sold at the event.

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