Remember the iconic blue velvet ball gown that Princess Diana wore at the White House? Well, it’s going back up for auction.
Back in 1985, the royal traveled across the pond and attended a gala dinner hosted by Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Princess Diana wore an off-the-shoulder gown by Victor Edelstein, which immediately became one of her most classic looks.
Prior to her death in 1997, Princess Diana auctioned off a slew of dresses—including the blue Edelstein number—to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund and the AIDS Crisis Trust. Although the velvet gown has had several owners over the years, it’s coming back on the market.
Kerry Taylor Auctions is holding the sale on Monday, December 9. According to the London-based auction house, the dress will likely go for £350,000 (about $454,000).
“This is considered one of the most important and iconic gowns ever worn by the princess,” Lucy Bishop, a specialist at Kerry Taylor Auctions, told The Independent. “The photos of her being twirled around on the dance floor by a handsome John Travolta at the White House caused a sensation at the time and remain so memorable today.”
The auction will take place in London and include special viewings on December 6 and December 8. You know, in case you want to verify authenticity. (See more details here.)
BRB, brainstorming hypothetical events to justify this purchase.