Kim Kardashian bought Princess Diana's amethyst Attallah Cross for $200k at auction

An expert said the royals ‘probably laugh’ about the purchase

Kim Kardashian and Princess Diana
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Kim Kardashian bought an amethyst cross which has previously only been worn by the late Princess Diana, paying the incredible sum of $197,453 for the piece at auction. 

In a move that has divided royal fans, Kim Kardashian bought the Attallah Cross, an amethyst crucifix which has previously only been worn by the late Princess Diana.

As reported by Marie Claire, the reality star competed against three other bidders in an auction at Sotheby's London on 18 January to acquire the jewellery, winning the piece after bidding the whopping sum of $197,453.

The value of the necklace has been hotly disputed. According to a press release from the auction house, the price Kardashian shelled out was "more than double" the necklace's "pre-auction estimate." But jewellery experts had previously told Page Six that the piece could be worth up to $500k. Depending on which price you ascribe to the necklace, Kardashian either massively overpaid or got a complete bargain. 

Princess Diana's Necklace

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sotheby's)

Prior to the necklace's auction, Sotheby's released a press release detailing its royal history. It read, "The cross was [originally] bought by Naim Attallah CBE, from Garrard [the jeweller that made Diana's engagement ring] in the 1980s and through his friendship with Princess Diana, he was able to loan it to her several times over a number of years to wear at events. 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

(Image credit: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

While some royal fans weren't thrilled about Kardashian acquiring this slice of Princess Diana's history, a royal reporter has shared that he doubts the Royal Family think too much about it. 

"I think they probably laugh at it," Valentine Low, author of Courtiers, said during an interview with Us Weekly. "[They probably] Laugh about it over the breakfast table and move on. I mean, they certainly wouldn’t be annoyed, I don’t think."

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