A set of earrings and a necklace made of diamonds and pearls party of jewellery that Dodi Al-Fayed reportedly gave to the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana, will be auctioned off next month and might bring in up to £10 million.
Diana wore the necklace at the Royal Albert Hall gala performance of Swan Lake, her final public appearance before her death in 1997.
According to The Telegraph, a Ukrainian family has owned the set since 2008. However, before the jewelry is auctioned off in New York next month, it will be on display in London.
Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s Auctioneers, said: ‘While many accomplished figures fade from view, Princess Diana is as vibrant today as when she was indeed the most admired woman on the planet. The Swan Lake Suite was especially made for her. She was part of the design process.
‘It is thought to be her only jewellery to have ever been sold, making it extraordinarily important. There are many people who have described it as priceless but we have given it a very broad estimate.’
Mr Ettinger also added: ‘The war in Ukraine has been a motivating factor in them deciding to sell the Swan Lake Suite now. They have had them for 14 years but given what is going on, their thoughts are now very much on rebuilding their country.’
The necklace from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection was made from 178 diamonds totalling 51 carats and paired with five matching 12mm South Sea pearls.