Man Buys Iconic Princess Di Dress for $362,000

03/19/2013 at 03:00 PM EDT

  • John Travolta dances with Princess Diana at the White House, in 1985
    Ronald Reagan Library/AP
  • Iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana
    Courtesy Kerry Taylor Auctions
  • Iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana
    Courtesy Kerry Taylor Auctions
  • Iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana
    Courtesy Kerry Taylor Auctions
  • Iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana
    Courtesy Kerry Taylor Auctions
When Princess Diana danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House dinner, the world was awestruck.

Now one very lucky Englishwoman gets to have all that glamor to herself. An anonymous bidder purchased the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein evening gown – the one that prompted Travolta to call Diana "the most beautiful woman in the room" – for more than $362,000 Tuesday at London's Kerry Taylor Auctions.

Part of the "Fit for a Princess" lot, "It sold to a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor in a statement. And while the late Princess would divorce Prince Charles 11 years after that magical moment, the dress's new owner just made a grand bid for romance.
– Suzanne Zuckerman

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