“Rare Black Sheep-Print Sweater Worn by Princess Diana Poised for Auction, Expected to Reach Nearly ₹50 Lakh”
Iconic Princess Diana Sheep-Print Sweater to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s
In a highly anticipated event, renowned auction house Sotheby’s has announced that Princess Diana’s beloved sheep-print sweater will soon go up for auction. The late British royal famously donned the sweater during one of Prince Charles’ polo matches in 1981. Sotheby’s shared the exciting news on their Instagram page, revealing that the bidding for this iconic piece will open on August 31, 2023, and close on September 14, 2023. The estimated value of the sweater is expected to range between $50,000 and $80,000 (approximately Rs 41,00,000 and Rs 65,60,000).
Sotheby’s Instagram post shed light on the significance of the sweater, recounting how Lady Diana Spencer, newly engaged at the time, made a striking appearance wearing a red sweater by Warm & Wonderful, adorned with a whimsical black-and-white sheep motif. The media, fashion critics, and the public were captivated by the symbolism of the sweater’s black sheep. After sustaining damage to her cherished garment, Diana sent it back to the label for repairs. To her surprise, the designers Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne crafted an entirely new sweater just for her.
The rediscovery of the original red sheep sweater from 1981 came about as Warm & Wonderful designers were rummaging through their attic in March. They stumbled upon a small box hidden beside a cotton bedspread. Recognizing its historical significance, they decided to feature the sweater in Sotheby’s inaugural Fashion Icons sale at their New York branch this fall.
The sweater, known for its vibrant red color and distinctive pattern featuring a single black sheep, became one of Princess Diana’s most adored fashion pieces, often seen on her during various occasions.
News of the auction quickly spread across social media, generating excitement and engagement from netizens. One commenter expressed their admiration, stating, “Damn, this should be in a museum.” Another lightheartedly suggested, “Maybe if we pool our money, we’d have a chance,” while someone else proposed, “Let’s go halves.”
It remains to be seen who will be the fortunate individual to acquire this historic piece at the auction. Undoubtedly, the Princess Diana sheep-print sweater holds immense value as a cherished symbol of her enduring style and legacy.