American socialite Kim Kardashian moved on to royal choices to enhance her fashion sense despite experiencing emotional meltdowns over the secret marriage of her ex-husband Kanye West to his Yeezy architect, Bianca Censori, recently. As one of the biggest celebrities in the world right now, the SKIMS founder is known for her make-up and clothing line and for being one of the best fashion icons around, but now she has grabbed headlines for reportedly buying a rare necklace of Late Princess Diana.
In addition to her reputation for purchasing iconic people’s belongings, she added another piece of contribution to her fashion legacy. While this is the case, many are wondering how these historical pieces could be put up for sale while a royal feud is running between the British Royal family and the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex after launching their Netflix documentary and Prince Harry’s memoir.
Kim Kardashian Buys Late Princess Diana’s Iconic Cross Pendant Necklace
As reported by TMZ, reality star Kim Kardashian, 42, purchased the beautiful historical purple amethyst and diamond-encrusted late Princess Diana’s Attallah cross pendant at an auction held by Sotheby’s. Sources told TMZ that Kim K bought the rare jewelry piece for $197,453. According to the auction house, four bidders competed for the cross pendant in the final five minutes of the Sotheby’s auction’s Royal & Noble sale, but eventually, the $1.4B fortune Kardashian secured the bid and now added another legendary piece of jewelry to her collection.
The head of jewelry at Sotheby’s London, Kristian Spofforth, stated,
“We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life within the hands of another globally famous name.”
At a charity gala in 1987 in London, the late Princess Diana wore the gem-encrusted bauble with a black-and-purple velvet Catherine Walker gown. The stunning legendary necklace was labeled as the Attalah Cross and was owned by Garrard Jewelry company then.
Importance Of The Princess Diana’s Legendary Attallah Cross Pendant
Reports stated that Garrard, the jeweler who created Princess Diana‘s iconic sapphire engagement ring, created this stunning design of the Attallah cross in the 1920s.
According to Sotheby’s press release,
“The cross-shaped pendant — thought to be a one-off private commission by Garrard for one of their regular clients — is a bold and colorful piece set with square-cut amethysts and accented by circular-cut diamonds. The cross has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats and measures approximately 136 x 95mm.”
“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.”
“It is understood that the cross was only ever worn by the princess, and following her death, it was never seen in public again until now.”
Princess Diana was loaned the cross several times over a period of years by the businessman Naim Attallah due to their friendship, who initially purchased it from Garrard in the 1980s.
Fans’ Reaction Over Kim Kardashian’s Precious Buying
There is a great deal of curiosity about Kim Kardashian’s obsession with the possessions of famous people and why the historical beauty pieces are up for the sale to celebrities in the market.
A Twitter handle, Pop Crave, tweeted about this news today, and it is getting serious reactions from Royal Family’s fans and Kim K’s fans. The tweet reads, “Kim Kardashian has purchased Princess Diana’s iconic diamond cross necklace.”
Kim Kardashian has purchased Princess Diana’s iconic diamond cross necklace.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 18, 2023
Kim Kardashian is getting backlash for her obsession with buying such costlier pieces amid Kanye West’s secret wedding to Bianca Censori. Along with Kim K fans, Royal Family fans are enraged over the news.
Someone please protect our artifacts from Kris Jenner’s manicured paws.
— art tavana (@arttavana) January 18, 2023
She collectin' famous blonde celebrity trinkets like horcruxes.
— Myke Thompson (@itsmykethompson) January 18, 2023
here comes everybody worried about a necklace no one cares or even thought about the second diana took it off
— shawty lynn (@HereComesShawty) January 18, 2023
Why are these special pieces of history so easily able to be bought/used??? Whomever holds onto them such as museums need to start saying no to these celebs bc these items should be considered priceless..she's desperately clinging to the last bit of relevancy she has
— Lolabaaee (@lausmitty) January 19, 2023
She needs to stop taking important people’s items.
— 🖤💖 (@MGKxLovato) January 18, 2023
shes so obsessed with people more iconic than her
— 𝐚𝐫𝐢•𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧, 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧 (@iconicarisan) January 18, 2023
She can buy a lot of things of iconic figures but she will never be an icon.
— 🎥💿_ El COTILLEO _🎬💋 (@ElCotilleoSv) January 18, 2023
The Kardashian has been known to purchase historical pieces over the years, as she wore Marilyn Monroe’s dress, which she borrowed for her best appearance at the 2022 Met Gala. She went on an extreme diet to wear that masterpiece during the function.