A bit of royal historical past broke data at public sale final week when the late Princess Diana’s beloved sheep sweater offered for over $1 million.
The Heat & Great model sweater that the then-19-year-old infamously wore to see her soon-to-be husband (now King Charles III) play polo in 1981 fetched $1.1 million when bidding closed on September 14.
The pullover purple “black sheep” sweater is adorned with little white sheep silhouettes throughout it aside from one very daring black sheep hidden within the rows of white sheep.
Diana, Princess of Wales, sporting ‘Black sheep’ wool jumper by Heat and Great to Windsor Polo, June 1981 (Getty Photos)
The symbolism was thought to be purposeful, as Diana was usually seen because the “black sheep” together with her outspoken candor and rebellious trend selections.
Diana wore the sweater for a second time two years later as soon as she was married to Charles, this time with an extended black bow close to the collar of a white shirt she wore beneath.
The sweater was despatched again to Heat & Marvel designers Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir for restore however the two determined to simply knit Diana a brand new one altogether. The unique was merely forgotten about and left in Osborne’s attic, the place it was discovered 40 years later.
Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson attend a polo match at Smith’s Garden, Guards Polo Membership, in Windsor, June 1983 (Getty Photos)
“Once you’re a royal, you’ve entry to any trend you probably need,” Cynthia Houlton, SVP and international head of trend and equipment at Sotheby’s mentioned in a launch. “She did not want that sweater; she did not want to interchange it. It isn’t Chanel; it isn’t customized. Not solely did she need it changed, however two years later she really wore it.”
In line with ArtNews, the sweater was anticipated to promote for roughly $80,000.
The sheep sweater beat out Kurt Cobain’s inexperienced cardigan for essentially the most costly sweater offered through public sale. Cobain’s cardigan fetched an estimated $334,000 in 2019.