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The Chance to Buy Princess Diana's Famous Jumper

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Princess Diana’s famous sheep jumper is to be auctioned after being found in an attic more than 40 years after it was last seen.


Princess Diana wearing her 'black sheep' pullover
Credit: Princess Diana Archive

The black-sheep jumper famously worn by Lady Diana Spencer weeks before her marriage to Prince Charles is to be sold by Sotheby’s after being discovered languishing in an old wine box. It's a classic 'cash in the attic' story.


Shortly after Diana wore the red knit decorated with sheep to a polo match in Windsor in June 1981, it was returned to Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, founders of the label Warm & Wonderful, with a letter from Buckingham Palace explaining that it had a tear in the cuff and requesting that it was repaired or replaced.


Muir and Osborne sent Diana a new jumper and believed that the damaged one had been lost. It was only when Osborne was searching her attic for an old pattern in March this year that she rediscovered the damaged jumper, more than 40 years since she’d last seen it.


Conscious that they were in possession of a piece of royal fashion history, Muir and Osborne contacted Sotheby’s in the hope that it would be interested in selling the jumper.


Sotheby’s has given the jumper an estimate of £50,000 - £70,000 ($64,000 - $89,000). It will be auctioned online between August 31 and September 13.


In 1997, months before her death, Diana sold 79 of her most famous dresses at Christie’s in New York to raise funds for some of her favourite charities. The sale raised $3.25 million, including a record-breaking $222,500 for the velvet Victor Edelstein dress that Diana wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House in 1985.

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