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Princess Diana's Fairy Tale Ball Gown Fetches Big Bucks At Auction!

Princess Diana's fairy tale gown makes some serious bank!

Princess Diana's style icon status lives on!

The late royal's fairy tale-inspired ball gown from 1986 was auctioned off yesterday at the Kelly Taylor Auction House in London for approximately $163,000!

The dress, designed by the Princess's wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, features a peplum accent and ornate gold embellishments throughout, and was purchased by an unknown museum.

Diana wore the dress on several occasions, including a banquet at the German Embassy in London in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and at the premiere of the Bolshoi Ballet's Ivan the Terrible at the Royal Opera House.

She wore it a third time at the premiere of the James Bond film The Living Daylights in 1987. We love that she recycled her outfits just like Kate Middleton does now!

Check out deets & pics of the princess in other iconic dresses in the gallery (below)!

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Princess Diana's Dresses To Go On Display At Kensington Palace

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They sure do get around!

Five of Princess Diana's most famous dresses will go on display at Kensington Palace next year to celebrate the $18 million renovation to her former home.

The dresses selected to be part of the 6 month Diana exhibit includes Di's black silk taffeta Emanuel gown, a black Versace dress, a white and black Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany dress, an ivory Catherine Walker dress and a red and purple sari also designed by Walker.

Kensington Palace's curator said in a statement:

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We have carefully selected this collection of exquisite dresses to illustrate to visitors Diana's evolving style and the important role fashion played in creating her public image. Kensington Place is an ideal setting to showcase these gowns - the atmosphere of the display will be truly magical."

For those wanting to see Diana's wardrobe up close and personal, the exhibit opens March 26th and runs through September.

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Princess Diana Had A Spare Wedding Gown At The Ready

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Oh to be a royal!

Almost 30 years after Princess Diana married Prince Charles, wedding dress designer Elizabeth Emmauel has revealed there was a back-up dress.

Why?

Elizabeth explains:

"At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise. Had the secret of the real dress got out it's possible that Diana would actually have worn this one."

Luckily, the surprise wasn't blown because the other dress wasn't even finished!

The designer adds:

"We didn't try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really."

Could you imagine what they would have done if the internet was around back then?

Yikes.

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If Designers Could Create Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

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Designer Bruce Oldfield may be the chosen one to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress, but that's not stopping other designers from making their own suggestions.

Some of the biggest names in fashion are making Kate's decision that much more difficult by sketching out their own ideas of what the princess to be should wear down the aisle.

We must say, some of them are pretty fabulous.

CLICK HERE to view Kate's designer wedding dresses!
CLICK HERE to view Kate's designer wedding dresses!
CLICK HERE to view Kate's designer wedding dresses!

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