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'Fit for a princess': Diana gowns go up for auction

This dress Diana wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House in 1985 is up for auction. Photo: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Ten iconic evening gowns worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, are set to go under the hammer in March and are expected to fetch up to £830,000.

The lavish evening dresses were originally auctioned off by Diana in New York in June 1997 to raise money for charity. That auction took place just two months before her death.

Ten evening gowns will be up for sale at the London auction in March. Credit: Reuters TV

The latest auction, called "Fit for a Princess", is due to take place at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on March 19.

The most expensive in the collection is a Victor Edelstein designed midnight-blue velvet evening gown worn by Diana during a White House dinner hosted by President Reagan in 1985.

The midnight-blue velvet evening gown worn by Diana during the 1985 White House dinner. Credit: Reuters TV

That gown, which she famously wore as she took to the dance floor with John Travolta, is estimated to fetch between £200,000 and £300,000.

The collection also includes a glittering sea-green sequinned gown, designed by Catherine Walker, which Diana wore during a State visit to Austria in 1989. it is estimated to sell for between £30,000 and £50,000.

A glittering sea-green sequinned gown, designed by Catherine Walker. Credit: Reuters TV

The auction house predicts the dresses will go to individual buyers rather than to a single collector.

Kerry Taylor said of Diana, "I think she suffered quite a lot during her life and a lot of people empathised with her situation and the way she, towards the end, she sort of got through it, became empowered ... And I think the dresses show that too".