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AUCTION Sales round up


From a gun used in the Valentine’s Day Massacre to Princess Diana’s favourite ballgown, auction houses around the world have enjoyed a busy few weeks

Sotheby’s New York A velvet ballgown worn by Princess Diana achieved more than five times its pre-auction estimate when it sold in New York for £500,000 ($604,800). Designed by Victor Edelstein the dress was famously worn by the Princess of Wales in the 1997 photo shoot by Mario Testino for

Vanity Fair months before her death, immortalising her in one of her most iconic and favourite dresses of all time.

Edelstein also designed the midnight-blue, off-the-

The princess became increasingly bold in her fashion choices shoulder, velvet gown she wore at a state banquet at the White House when she danced with John Travolta.

At an earlier auction one of the princess’s favourite pieces of jewellery, the Attallah Cross, was bought by Kim Kardashian for £163,800

($197,453) – more than doubling its estimate.

Made from square-cut amethysts and circular-cut diamonds it was part of a pendant created in 1920s by court jewellers Garrard.

The silk velvet dress was the gown the princess wore in the famous photo by Mario


The well-designed French bulldog was an unexpected hit

Chiswick Auctions, London A blue and gold silk banner, publicising the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, expected to make £1,000-£2,000 sold for £14,375 at the London auctioneer’s recent sale. At the same sale a life-size French bulldog pull toy, c.1890, expected to make £500-£700, sold for £1,375. Set on wooden casters under its paws, the dog had a painted papier mâché head with glass eyes and coconut husk collar. When pulled by a chain on the back of its neck, the pooch makes a growling or barking noise.

The important historic banner sold for more than

14 times its low estimate

RR Auctions, Boston A Colt .38 revolver, recovered from the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, sold for £112,000 ($135,473) at the Massachusetts auction house’s recent sale, alongside a press photo of the shooting, which doubled its low estimate to fetch (£1,700) $2,020

Part of the US auctioneers ‘Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen’ sale, the gun belonged to Frank Gusenberg one of Bugs Moran’s North Side Gang – Al Capone’s Chicago rivals.

On the morning of February 14, 1929, four unknown assailants—two dressed as police officers— shot seven North Side Gang members and affiliates at the 2122 North Clark Street garage, including brothers Peter and Frank Gusenberg.

The massacre saw 70 rounds fired from an arsenal that included two Thompson submachine guns, the favourite firearm of the notorious Chicago syndicate.

An accompanying photo from the crime scene, stamped on the reverse Chicago Bureau, Tribune Tower’

A press photo of the grisly scene also sold at the ‘gangsters’

sale had a low estimate of $1,000.


The Colt Detective Special .38 revolver belonged to a gang member

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