Reality TV star Kim Kardashian certainly has her eyes on all things iconic and vintage and she’s going for it as she gets a chance. This time, Kim went for an amethyst cross pendant worn by the late Princess Diana on many occasions. The star reportedly bought the iconic neckpiece at a way higher price than its pre-sale estimate.
According to BBC News, four people competed in a bidding war, with Kim winning the auction after five minutes. The amethyst cross is a 1920s pendant by luxury jewellery designer Garrard.
While the princess kept the statement neckpiece close, it was most famously worn by her in October 1987 at the London charity gala for Birthright, now known as Wellbeing of Women, a medical charity improving the health of women, girls and babies.
The cross-shaped pendant features large amethyst stones, framed by 5.2-carat diamonds. It was first bought by businessman Naim Attallah in the 1980s who, as a result of his friendship with Diana, loaned it to her several times over many years. It was his estate that put the item up for auction.
The publication stated that Kim paid a total of £163,800 for the cross, far higher than Sotheby's pre-sale estimate of £80,000 to £120,000. Kristian Spofforth, Head of jewellery at Sotheby's London, in a statement, spoke about the neck piece and said, “Jewellery owned or worn by the late Princess Diana very rarely comes on to the market, especially a piece such as the Attallah Cross, which is so colourful, bold and distinctive.”
She further added, "To some extent, this unusual pendant is symbolic of the princess's growing self-assurance in her sartorial and jewellery choices, at that particular moment in her life."
Although iconic, the amethyst pendant is not the first historic fashion item that Kim has shown interest in. At last year's Met Gala, she wore a Marilyn Monroe gown that was loaned to her from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. The dress was worn by Monroe during her performance of ‘Happy Birthday’ to US president John F Kennedy in 1962.