Kim Kardashian (42) is now the proud owner of a piece of jewelry once worn by Princess Diana (1961-1997). The entrepreneur purchased the 'Attallah Cross' pendant - a cross studded with diamonds and amethysts - on Wednesday (January 18) from the traditional auction house Sotheby's. She paid a whopping 163,800 British pounds (around 186,664 euros) for it – the piece had previously been estimated at 80,000 to 120,000 pounds.
According to the auction house's website, the pendant was part of the jewelry collection of British-Palestinian businessman Naim Attallah (1931-2021). The piece of jewelery was created in 1920 by the London jeweler Garrard & Co. Attallah purchased the cross in the 1980s and has presented it to Princess Diana on several occasions, including wearing it to a charity gala in 1987. She is said to be the only person who has ever worn the jewel.Kardashian is expanding her jewelry collection with pieces from 'iconic' women
The 'Attallah Cross' isn't the first piece of jewelry by a legendary style icon that Kim Kardashian has bought at auction. As quoted by a source by People magazine, the reality star plans to expand her jewelry collection with pieces worn by 'strong, iconic women who inspired Kim.' And it started more than ten years ago: At an auction in 2011, Kardashian bought three bracelets from the extensive jewelry collection of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) for US$ 65,000.
When she met the then US President Donald Trump (76) in April 2019, Kardashian wore a special lucky charm: a watch from ex-First Lady Jacky Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994). She is said to have bought the piece, a simple gold Cartier watch with a black leather strap, an 18-karat gold dial and personal engraving, in 2017 at auction house Christie's for just under $380,000.
And Kardashian doesn't just like to bid on jewelry: in 2019 she gave her daughter North (9) an unusual Christmas present in the form of a jacket owned by Michael Jackson (1958-2009), which he had worn in 1997 for Liz Taylor's 65th birthday. Kardashian bought the piece for $65,625. Kardashian also owns Jackson's hat from the 'Smooth Criminal' music video.
In the same year, Kardashian also bought rings from music legend Elvis Presley (1935-1977) for her brother Rob (35): The two pieces cost her a total of 15,000 US dollars.
In 2021, Kardashian bought an outfit worn by Janet Jackson (56) in her music video for the song 'If' at auction, consisting of black pants and a top - for $ 25,000.
Just last year, Kardashian drew on the fashion archives of the late Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) for her Met Gala appearance and wore the sparkling 1962 Happy Birthday Mr. President dress. The dress is, though still in Ripley's private museum.
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