Keeping up with Kim Kardashian is an costly cross to bear.
The 42-year-old vogue queen bought a diamond-encrusted cross pendant previously worn by Princess Diana at Sotheby’s Royal & Noble public sale on Wednesday, based on People. With a weight of 5.25 carats, the amethyst Attallah piece offered for $197,453.
“This is a bold piece of jewelry by its size, color and style which cannot fail to make a vibrant statement, whether it be of faith or fashion — or indeed both,” Kristian Spofforth, the top of Sotheby’s London’s jewellery division, informed the outlet in an announcement.
Spofforth stated the public sale home was “delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life within the hands of another globally famous name.” Kardashian was actually decided to accumulate it and had a consultant snag it within the final 5 minutes for “double its pre-auction price.”
A Sotheby’s press launch acknowledged Diana was the one one who ever wore the cross. She famously donned it at a 1987 charity gala in London for Birthright, a nonprofit that claims it “champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights.”
The pendant, which has square-cut amethysts and round diamonds, was initially designed within the Nineteen Twenties by Garrard. The luxurious model, based in London within the 1700s, later served because the trusted jewelers of the British royal household.
The one-off cross was finally acquired by Asprey & Garrard group chief govt Naim Attallah, a commander of the Order of the British Empire, who lent it to Diana typically. While his identify has been connected to the piece ever since, it’s been hidden from public view for many years.
“Jewelry 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 colorful, bold and distinctive … [and] symbolic of the princess’s growing self-assurance … at that particular moment in her life,” Spofforth informed The Guardian.
Diana fashioned such a bond with Attallah that he helped her choose her engagement ring. Kardashian’s vogue, in the meantime, seems extra intently tied to superstar, itself; The billionaire controversially wore Marilyn Monroe’s iconic Jean Louis robe to the 2022 Met Gala.