Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


A Princess Diana handwritten thank you letter where she discusses deserving a ‘medal’ for turning 30 is up for auction

The one-page letter signed ‘Diana, x’ with a smiley face on Kensington Palace letterhead paper has an estimate of $1,500.

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Capturing the ‘caring and loving tone’ of the deceased Princess, the piece was sent to Bruce Oldfield, a British Fashion Designer, and his business partner Anita Richardson.

Oldfield made couture clothes for Diana in the 1980s and prior to the thank you letter, had sent her a jersey, dated July 2, 1990, seven years before her death.

In the note, she explains: ‘I am to be remembered for entering my 30th year — I want a medal when I finally make it please!’

The piece is up for grabs with RR Auction who will conclude bidding on June 13.

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Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, said: “Princess Diana’s handwriting had a beautiful flourish, and her letters — a caring and loving tone.

“I think it was her open and engaging quality that made her so relatable.

“While It is a longstanding royal protocol not to give in-person autograph’s, they do allow for informal notes, and letters— so it will be interesting to see what content from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, appears as they begin their lives together.”

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Among other items to be featured are several holiday cards including a holiday card embossed with the Prince of Wales’s feathers and Order of the Garter motto and the Spencer family arms with estimates of $800 each.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on May 18 and will conclude on June 13.   More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

TRANSCRIPT OF DIANA LETTER

“What a wonderful Jersey I have been given & how really touched I am to be remembered for entering my 30th year — I want a medal when I finally make it please! It was typical of you both to spoil me with one lovely Jersey — is this a new line as I haven’t seen this before, or am I just very behind with the times?! However, this comes with much love & endless thanks for helping to make Sunday a positively happy one.” The letter is believed to have been sent to British fashion designer Bruce Oldfield who began making couture clothes for Diana in the 1980’s, and Anita Richardson his business partner.