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Princess Diana’s Attallah Cross pendant is purchased by Kim Kardashian

Princess Diana's Attallah Cross pendant is purchased by Kim Kardashian

The Attallah Cross worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, has been purchased by Kim Kardashian after the pendant was put up for auction at Sotheby’s London.

The Attallah Cross, a luxury jewellery designer Garrard pendant from the 1920s that Diana wore on multiple occasions, sold at the Sotheby’s royal and noble sale on Wednesday for £163,800. In the final five minutes of the Sotheby’s auction, four bidders reportedly contended for the amethyst cross, which was eventually purchased by a representative for Kardashian, 42, the auction house revealed.

The pendant, which was most famously worn by Diana at a London charity gala in October 1987, sold for more than double its pre-auction estimate.

The cross was first bought from Garrard by the businessman Naim Attallah in the 1980s, and through his friendship with Diana, Attallah was able to loan it to her on several occasions over a number of years. The cross-shaped pendant – thought to be a one-off private commission by Garrard – is a bold and colourful piece set with square-cut amethysts and accented by circular-cut diamonds. The cross has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats.

Ahead of its sale, head of jewellery at Sotheby’s London Kristian Spofforth 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.

“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.”

Kardashian has previously shown interest in historic fashion items, including a Marilyn Monroe dress worn by the reality star at last year’s Met Gala. In May 2022, Kardashian revealed she had lost 16lb to fit into the “iconic” gown, which was on loan to her from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. It was originally worn by Monroe during her famous 1962 performance of Happy Birthday to the US president John F Kennedy.