In the last five minutes of the Royal and Noble collection auction at London’s Sotheby’s auction house on Wednesday, a Kardashian representative successfully outbid others vying for the amethyst cross.
The item sold for more than double its pre-auction estimate, Sotheby’s said.
“This is a bold jewel in its size, color and style, which can’t help but make a vibrant statement whether it be for faith or fashion – or both,” said Kristian Spofforth, head of jewelery at Sotheby’s London, in a statement on Wednesday. press release.
“We are delighted that this piece has been given new life in the hands of another globally renowned name,” added Spofforth.
The pendant was made in 1920 by jeweler Garrard and sold to businessman Naim Attallah in the 1980s. Credit: Sotheby’s
Created by court jeweler Garrard in 1920, according to the auction house, the pendant features square-cut amethyst stones in the shape of a cross, adorned with round-cut diamonds in a striking floral design.
The piece measures approximately 5.4 inches by 3.7 inches and has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats.
It was purchased from Garrard in the 1980s by the late businessman Naim Attallah, who loaned the item to his friend, Princess Diana, several times to wear to events, according to Sotheby’s.
Princess Diana “had a particular fondness” for the pendant, the auction house said, and she famously showed it off while wearing a black and purple Catherine Walker dress at a charity gala in support of Birthright, a charity dedicated to protecting human rights during pregnancy and pregnancy. childbirth, in October 1987.
Princess Diana famously wore the pendant at a charity gala in October 1987. Credit: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images
“Princess Diana’s confidence grew in the 1980s as she became known for her increasingly daring fashion choices, moving away from the more romantic and understated style she had previously favored,” Sotheby’s said in the release.
“The fact that she is known to have worn what is now known as the Attallah Cross on multiple occasions – mostly for private occasions – substantiates this evolution,” it added.
The auction house understands that Diana was the only one to ever wear the cross, and this is the first time it has appeared in public since her death.