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Kim Kardashian buys Attallah Cross pendant worn by Princess Diana

Kim Kardashian has acquired the diamond-lined Attallah Cross pendant worn on several occasions by Diana, Princess of Wales for £163,800 (about $200,000). In the last five minutes of the Royal and Noble collection sale at Sotheby’s auction house in London on Wednesday, a representative for Kardashian successfully outbid others vying for the amethyst cross. The item sold for more than double its pre-auction estimate, Sotheby’s said. “This is a bold piece of jewellery by its size, colour and style which cannot fail to make a vibrant statement, whether it be of faith or fashion — or indeed both,” Kristian Spofforth, head of jewelry at Sotheby’s London, said in a press release Wednesday. “We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life within the hands of another globally famous name,” Spofforth added.

The pendant was made by jewelers Garrard in 1920 and sold to businessman Naim Attallah in the 1980s. Credit: Sotheby’s Made by court jewelers Garrard in 1920, according to the auction house, the pendant features square-cut amethyst stones in the shape of a cross, decorated with circular-cut diamonds in a distinct flowery design. The piece is about 5.4 inches by 3.7 inches in size, and has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats. It was bought from Garrard in the 1980s by the late businessman Naim Attallah, who loaned the item to his friend, Princess Diana, several times to wear to events, according to Sotheby’s. Princess Diana “had a particular fondness” for the pendant, the auction house said, and she famously showcased it while wearing a black and purple Catherine Walker dress to a charity gala in support of Birthright, a charity working to protect human rights during pregnancy and childbirth, in October 1987.

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