Antique & Estate Jewelry / Industry

Kim Kardashian Buys Cross Worn By Princess Diana


On Jan. 18, the Attallah cross, a piece of jewelry worn by Princess Diana, sold for $197,453 (or 163,800 British pounds) to reality TV show star Kim Kardashian at Sotheby’s Royal & Noble sale in London.

That is higher than its pre-auction estimate of $98,000–$143,000 (or 80,000–120,000 British pounds). The purchase capped five minutes of bidding among four buyers, after which a representative for Kardashian was declared the winner of the online-only sale.

Kardashian is a businessperson, socialite, and the star of the reality TV series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

“We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life within the hands of another globally famous name,” said Kristian Spofforth, head of jewelry for Sotheby’s London, in a statement.

The 136 mm x 95 mm fleurée-style cross—set with square-cut amethysts and accented by 5.25 carats of circular-cut diamonds—was designed by jeweler Garrard in the 1920s, likely for a private client. In the 1980s, Princess Diana’s friend, British businessman and writer Naim Attallah, bought it and loaned it to the princess several times to wear at events.

It gained a certain notoriety in October 1987, when Diana wore it to a charity gala in support of Birthright, which works toward the protection of human rights during pregnancy and childbirth. It is possibly the only time the princess publicly wore a cross.

Princess Diana wearing the Attallah cross at the Birthright charity event in 1987.

This auction marks the first time the Atallah cross has been seen in public following her death.

Added Spofforth: “This is a bold piece of jewelry by its size, color and style, which cannot fail to make a vibrant statement, whether it be of faith or fashion—or indeed both.”

Said Spofforth in an earlier statement: “This unusual pendant is symbolic of the princess’s growing self-assurance in her sartorial and jewelry choices, at that particular moment in her life.”

Top: The Attallah cross (photos courtesy of Sotheby’s)

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By: Rob Bates

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