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Kim Kardashian buys Attallah Cross pendant worn by Princess Diana

The reality star spent more than £160,000 on the amethyst and diamond necklace, once worn by Princess Diana, in the Sotheby’s royal and noble sale

By Joshua Hendren

The Attallah Cross necklace formerly owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, has a new owner. None other than billionaire mogul Kim Kardashian.

The amethyst pendant was sold for £163,800 to a representative of the American reality star after being put up for auction in the Sotheby’s royal and noble sale.

Princess Diana wearing the Attallah Cross
Princess Diana attends a charity evening on behalf of Birthright at Garrard wearing the Attallah Cross pendant (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

The 1920s crucifix pendant, designed by the first official crown jeweller Garrard, was worn on several occasions by the late royal, most famously at a London charity ball in October 1987.

Hung from a pearl rope, the princess paired the pendant with a resplendent Catherine Walker gown as she attended the gala in support of Birthright, a charity working to protect human rights during pregnancy and childbirth, of which she became patron in 1984.

The Attallah Cross (Photo: Sotheby’s)

Crafted in the fleurée style, the cross, which sold for more than double its pre-auction estimate, is set with square-cut amethysts and framed with circular-cut diamonds. It has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats.

The cross was first bought from Garrard by the businessman Naim Attallah in the 1980s, and through his friendship with Diana, Attallah was able to loan it to her on several occasions.

Kim Kardashian spent more than £160,000 on the Attallah Cross, a piece of jewellery once worn by Princess Diana (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)

Ahead of the sale, Kristian Spofforth, head of jewellery at Sotheby’s London, said: “Jewellery owned or worn by the late Princess Diana very rarely comes on to the market, especially a piece such as the Attallah cross, which is so colourful, bold and distinctive.

“To some extent, this unusual pendant is symbolic of the princess’s growing self-assurance in her sartorial and jewellery choices at that particular moment in her life.”

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