Diana Spencer and Adam Russell
The Caren Archive
01/25/2013 at 11:45 AM EST
That mysterious photo that surfaced earlier this month
of the young, pre-princess Diana Spencer has, it turns out, an equally mysterious buyer.
A real estate investor from San Diego, Calif., who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the photo for $18,000, according to the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction.
The black-and-white image shows a young Diana lounging with her friend Adam Russell
, described by Diana biographer Andrew Morton as the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin and now a deer farmer in Dorset.
The two were shown back in the late 1970s, while they were on a ski holiday together – "but absolutely nothing happened," according to Morton.
After her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles, Diana gave birth to their sons, Prince William
, in 1982, and Prince Harry
, in 1984, before she and Charles divorced in 1996. The following year, she died in a car crash