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Kim Kardashian buys Princess Diana’s cross necklace for $200,000

She keeps up with the royal family.

Kim Kardashian has acquired Princess Diana’s iconic amethyst and diamond cross necklace at Sotheby’s auction for $197,453, Page Six Style confirmed Wednesday.

According to a Sotheby’s press release, four bidders competed for the lot in the final five minutes of the auction house’s annual auction. Royal & Noble Seal; It eventually ended up in the hands of Kardashian’s representative at “more than double its pre-auction estimate.”

“We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life in the hands of another world-famous name,” Christian Spofforth, Head of Jewelery at Sotheby’s London, shared in a statement.

TMZ was the first to report the sale.

Famously, Princess Diana wore the cross at a charity gala in London in 1987.
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The gem-encrusted ornament, nicknamed Atallah’s Cross, was famously worn by the late Princess of Wales at a 1987 charity gala in London. She paired it with a matching black and purple velvet dress by Catherine Walker.

The bling was a bold move on Diana’s part, and it is believed that she wore the necklace on her pearl chain.

The cross is covered with square cut amethysts and decorated with round cut diamonds.
Sotheby’s

“The cross-shaped necklace—believed to be a special one-off commission from Garrard for one of her regular customers—is a bold, colorful piece set with square-cut amethysts and adorned with round-cut diamonds,” Sotheby’s press release states. “The total weight of the diamonds is The cross is approximately 5.25 carats and measures approximately 136 x 95 mm.

Designed by Garrard (the same jeweler behind it Diana’s iconic sapphire engagement ring) in the twenties of the last century.

The piece was purchased by the Central Bank of Naim Atallah in the 1980s, and lent it to Diana several times for events in the years that followed. In the statement, “It is understood that the crucifix was only worn by the Princess and, following her death, it has not been seen in public again until now.”

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Princess Diana wears Atallah's cross.
It is believed that Diana wore the cross on her string of pearls.
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“Very few people can afford such an unusual piece, but Princess Diana certainly can,” Maxwell Stone of the UK Stephen Stone Jewelry We previously told Page Six Style.

“Although amethyst has traditionally been a privilege of royalty, Diana’s choice to wear the necklace with an unusually long chain epitomizes her talent for displaying her collection of royal jewels in a unique way, not afraid to buck tradition and change up opulent pieces.”

Princess Diana wears Atallah's cross.
She wore the necklace in an Elizabethan dress.
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Kardashian, 40, is known for her love of historical costumes. She’s famous Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” To the 2022 Met Gala.

Monroe debuted her so-called “world’s most expensive dress” when she serenaded John F. Kennedy during his 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in 1962.

Kim Kardashian at the 2022 Met Gala.
Kardashian wore the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress at the 2022 Met Gala.
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She was heavily criticized for being allowed to wear the antique, though, Kardashian She claims she didn’t damage the dress and he returned the dress in perfect condition; Ripley’s Believe It or Not! the museum that lent her appearance, She confirmed that the dress was not damaged.

Kardashian’s rep didn’t immediately respond to Page Six Style’s request for comment about her recent acquisition.