Fourteen well-known dresses worn by the late Princess Diana will be auctioned off in Toronto. The proceeds from the sale will be used to settle bankruptcy debts. Maureen Rorech Dunkel, a Florida entrepreneur, bought the dresses in 1997 when Diana sold them to raise money for charity. Princess Diana died in a car accident just two months after the original sale.
Dunkel belived the dresses were a good investment when she purchased them. She put the dresses on display in many different countries and formed the People’s Princess Charitable Foundation. However, Dunkel went bankrupt in 2010 and decided to sell the dresses to cover her debts. The fourteen dresses are worth more than she owes.
One of the most famous dresses in the collection is a black dress Diana wore to a White House dinner in 1985, where she danced with John Travolta. That dress is expected to raise between $800,000 and $1 million. Bidders from the United States, Canada, China, Germany, and Britain have all shown interest in the dress.
Ellen Tumposky, 14 Dresses: Princess Diana’s Iconic Gowns Go Under the Hammer, https://abcnews.go.com/US/princess-dianas-dresses-hammer-toronto/story?id=13904367 (accessed June 23, 2011).