NEW YORK — A charity auction of 79 of Princess Diana's ballroom gowns and dresses got off to a brisk start Wednesday, with more than $1 million spent for the first 20 dresses.
The first gown, a wrap-around white silk chiffon evening dress by Gina Fratini, sold for $75,000.
Lot No. 2, known in Britain as the "Up Yours" dress, sold for $65,000 to an unidentified man in the audience. Diana wore the short, form-fitting dress to a 1994 British Red Cross reception, her first high-profile appearance after Prince Charles acknowledged in a televised interview that he had been unfaithful. The black silk crepe was designed by Christina Stambolian.