Princess Diana has inspired many collectibles
Dr Lori Verderame
During her short life, Princess Diana (born Diana Spencer, 1961-1997) inspired the production and manufacture of many works of art, antiques, memorabilia and collectables since her high-profile engagement with HRH Prince Charles until his shocking death.
While best known for her philanthropic and charitable work during her time as Princess of Wales when she was the wife of Britain’s Prince Charles, Diana prompted many items to be made based on her likeness and his informed good taste.
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In 1975, Lady Diana Spencer accepted her title when her father inherited his title from EarlSpencer. On July 29, 1981, after a courtship that began in 1977, Lady Diana Spencer married HRH Prince Charles of Great Britain. Prince Charles was 13 years older than Diana. 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 turbulence, the two privately and in the public eye, the royal couple divorced in 1996. On August 31, 1997, 36-year-old Princess Diana died of her injuries following a car accident in Paris, in 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 knack for both fun and fashion. PrincessDiana’s spectacular engagement ring is an 18k white gold ring featuring a 12-carat oval Ceylon blue sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds handcrafted by British jeweler Garrard. The ring was inspired by a brooch given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert for their wedding in 1840.
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 manager of office. Mr Jephson was privy to much classified information about the Princess, which he did not reveal, 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 liked collecting hand-painted Herend porcelain animal figurines from Hungary. Like any mother of active young boys, she kept the delicate figurines out of reach but on display in her private office in the living quarters of her Kensington Palace home.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Princess’s untimely death, many collectors will bring items associated with Princess Diana to market. Collectibles related to Princess Diana continue to be among the most coveted items in the realm of royal collecting. Objects run the gamut such as Princess Diana paper dolls, costume jewelry tiaras based on Spencer’s tiara, Wedgwood jasper trinket boxes, porcelain dolls and figurines in her likeness, cups of souvenir engagement of Charles and Diana, photographs of Princess Diana dancing with actor John Travolta, autographed biographical books, Ty Inc. (Princess) beanie babies, invitations to the Royal Wedding, tickets to the 2007 Diana Charity Concert , postage stamps, commemorative coins, etc.
These coins will peak in interest and value during the summer of 2022 until the anniversary of his death. Values of Princess Diana collectibles are expected to increase by 10-25% during this time as collectors actively seek to add to their collections. Buyers and sellers online will be ready to remember the People’s Princess by swapping items relating to this royal figure 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.
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