Diana’s John Travolta dance dress fetches £240k

A DRESS worn by Princess Diana when she danced with John Travolta fetched £240,000 at auction last night, bought by an anonymous bidder who said he wanted to surprise his wife.

The off-the-shoulder midnight blue velvet gown captivated the public when she was pictured wearing it at a state dinner in the White House 1985.

It was the star attraction in a sale of ten of Diana’s dresses at vintage fashion auctioneers Kerry Taylor Auctions in London. Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said: “It was bought by a British gentleman who said he wanted to buy it as a surprise to cheer up his wife.”

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The garments were originally sold by Diana herself following her divorce to raise money for charity.

American Maureen Rorech Dunkel initially bought the dresses as a long-term investment, but after Diana’s death in 1997 she decided to exhibit them to raise money for good causes. The collection made a total of £862,800 yesterday.