According to report on Wednesday, Kim Kardashian paid a cool $197,453 to purchase the famed amethyst-and-diamond cross necklace that belonged to Princess Diana at an auction held by Sotheby’s.
A news statement from Sotheby’s said that during the last five minutes of the auction house’s annual Royal & Noble sale, four bidders contended for the artwork. In the end, it was purchased by a Kardashian representative “for more than twice its pre-auction estimate.”
The head of jewelry at Sotheby’s London, Kristian Spofforth, said in a statement that they are “delighted that this item has found a new lease of life inside the hands of another internationally recognized person.”
The gem-encrusted pendant was famously worn by the late Princess of Wales at a charity banquet in London in 1987; she matched it with a matching black-and-purple velvet Catherine Walker outfit. It was given the name the Attallah Cross.
The overall diamond weight of the cross is about 5.25 carats, and its dimensions are roughly 136 mm in width and 95 mm in height.
Garrard, the same jeweler who made the famous sapphire engagement ring that Princess Diana wore, was the one who came up with the fleurée-style design back in the 1920s.
In the 1980s, Naim Attallah CBE made the purchase, and in the years that followed, he loaned the item to Diana so that she may use it in various occasions. It is believed that the cross was only ever worn by the princess, and after her demise, it was never seen in public again until today, as stated in the release.
Kim Kardashian, who is 40 years old, is well-known for her appreciation of vintage clothing.
She made headlines when she attended the Met Gala in 2022 wearing Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” outfit.