Dr. Lori: Princess Diana’s collectibles in the spotlight as 25th anniversary of Royal’s death nears [antiques column] | Antiques
During her short life, Princess Diana (née Diana Spencer), 1961-1997, inspired the production and crafting of many works of art, antiques, memorabilia and collectibles from the time of her high-profile engagement with Prince Charles at his shocking passing.
While best known for her philanthropic and charitable work during her time as Princess of Wales, Diana prompted many items based on her likeness and informed good taste.
In 1975, Lady Diana Spencer accepted her title when her father inherited his title of Earl Spencer. On July 29, 1981, after a courtship that began in 1977, Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, who was 13 years Diana’s senior.
She was one of the most beloved members of the British royal family and was widely known as “the people’s princess”. The royal couple had two sons, Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis), heir to the throne, born in June 1982, and Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David), born in September 1984.
After much turmoil – both privately and in the public eye – Diana and Charles divorced in 1996. On August 31, 1997, 36-year-old Princess Diana died of her injuries following a a car accident in Paris, France.
Princess Diana was known for her sense of fashion and jewelry, her interest in popular culture, her humanitarian work and her diverse collections. Her clothes have been featured in charity auctions and her jewelry is part of the Crown Jewels collection.
She had a talent for both fun and fashion.
Princess Diana’s spectacular engagement ring is an 18k white gold ring. Adorned with a 12-carat oval Ceylon blue sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, handcrafted by Garrard, the British Crown jeweler. The ring was inspired by a brooch given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert for their wedding in 1840.
Memories captured in the style of the 80s
High-end Princess Diana memorabilia typifies 1980s style. A few years ago, I had the chance to lecture with a high-ranking member of Princess Diana’s staff, Patrick Jephson, her former Chief of Staff. Jephson was privy to a lot of classified information about the princess – which he has not revealed – and was a kind colleague and fascinating gentleman. As we became friends, I asked him to tell me something about Princess Diana as a collector.
He suggested that she enjoyed collecting hand-painted Herend porcelain animal figurines from Hungary. Like any mother of active young boys, she kept the delicate figurines on display, but out of reach, in her private office in the living quarters of her Kensington Palace home.
This month, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Princess’ untimely death, many collectors will be bringing items associated with Princess Diana to market. Diana-related collectibles continued to be among the most coveted items in the realm of the royal collection.
Objects run the gamut: Princess Diana paper dolls, costume jewelry tiaras inspired by Spencer’s tiara, Wedgwood jasper trinket boxes, porcelain dolls and figurines in her likeness, Charles and Diana’s keepsake engagement cups, photographs of the Princess dancing with actor John Travolta, autographed biographical books, a Princess Ty Inc. bonnet, royal wedding invitations, tickets to the 2007 Diana benefit concert, postage stamps, commemorative coins and more .
These coins will peak in interest and value during the summer of 2022 until the anniversary date of his death on August 31. The values of Princess Diana collectibles are expected to increase by 10% to 25% during this time. , collectors actively seeking to enrich their collections.
Buyers and sellers online will be ready to remember the “people’s princess” by swapping items relating to this royal figure that date from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Birthdays of all kinds always impact interest, especially in active royals and celebrity markets. This anniversary recalls the work of a late 20th century humanitarian and celebrity.
With a doctorate. from Penn State University, Lori Verderame is an award-winning antiques appraiser, author, and television personality who appeared on the History Channel’s hit show “The Curse of Oak Island.” She provides appraisal value information at DrLoriV.com and Youtube.com/DrLoriV or call 888-431-1010.