Princess Diana’s iconic ‘Black Sheep’ sweater sells at auction for $1.1m

Sunday, 17 September 2023 - 17:26

A red sweater worn by a young Princess Diana featuring a single black sheep among rows of woolly white sheep has sold at auction for more than $1.1m, following a frenetic bout of final online bidding, the Sotheby’s auction house has announced.

Worn by 19-year-old Diana shortly after her engagement to then-Prince Charles at a June 1981 polo match in which the prince participated, the whimsically themed “Black Sheep” sweater became one of the most emblematic articles of clothing worn by the princess-to-be.

In hindsight, the garment appeared to hint at Diana’s troubled journey ahead as a member of the United Kingdom’s royal family.

The sweater was sold by Sotheby’s for $1.1m – including fees and commission – after a fierce battle by internet bidders – 10 times more than the initial selling estimate of between $50,000 to $80,000, the auction house said on Thursday.

Due to an avalanche of bids, Sotheby’s extended the sale by several minutes, with the price leaping from $190,000 to $1.1m in the final 15 minutes.

The auctioneers did not disclose the identity of the winning bidder.

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