NEW YORK (CBS) The daring black taffeta dress that transformed Princess Diana into a fashion icon has been sold at a London auction for more than $275,000.
At the age of 19, the then Lady Diana Spencer wore the silk number to a London charity event - her first official engagement with fiance Prince Charles.
With its revealing neckline and dark hue, the dress was deemed by many as too daring for the bride-to-be.
The gown was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The two would later design Princess Diana's wedding dress.
In her book, "A Dress for Diana," quoted in a BBC report, Elizabeth Emanuel wrote, "The transformation was incredible. She arrived looking like the nursery school teacher she was, but now she looked like a movie star."
The dress, which was expected to fetch anywhere between $44,000 and
$73,000, was sold to a Chilean fashion museum.
"It's the perfect ending to a perfect sale," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor.