Diana Princess of Wales, rare Crocodile leather handbag by Lana Marks specially designed for Diana (she reportedly bought 15 versions of them she liked them so much) and later gifted it to her friend the wife of Greek shipping magnet as a thank you after her friend had admired it at a private dinner party. It is accompanied by a handwritten letter from Diana written on Kensington Palace headed writing paper dated September 19th 1996. Thanking her friend for helping with her one day visit to Greece the previous day and helping her survive the media attention 'This comes with my fondest love and very special thanks from Diana' with envelope. (2)
The visit to Greece referred to in the letter was for Diana to attend the funeral of Giannis Kaliviotos, a 27 year old Greek lawyer who had fought a brave battle with cystic fibrosis whom the Princess had befriended whilst being treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. It was also less than a month after her divorce was granted and she was under intense media attention. In order for her to attend the funeral Diana flew in the private jet owned by a Greek billionaire and was assisted throughout by her friend in Greece.
Sold for £7,000
Good original condition, some minor scuffs and stains and general wear. Some wear to gilding on handle mounts. See extra images
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Auction: Royalty, Fine Art & Antiques, 8th Nov, 2022
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