At Sotheby’s annual Royal & Noble auction on Wednesday, Kim Kardashian purchased the diamond-encrusted amethyst Attallah cross pendant that Princess Diana wore.
The Kardashians star placed a bid on the item, which has 5.25 carats of circular-cut diamonds and square-cut amethysts as accents, and eventually won it for $197,453 within the last five minutes.
This was “twice its pre-auction estimate,” according to Sotheby’s.
The late Princess of Wales wore the pendant several times, the most significant one being the 1987 London charity gala for Birthright, which benefited the group’s humanitarian work for women and girls going through pregnancy and childbirth.
A news release from Sotheby’s stated that the ornament has a long history dating back to court jewellers Garrard, who created the unique necklace in the 1920s.
Later, in the 1980s, it was purchased by the late Naim Attallah CBE, the former group chief executive of Asprey & Garrard who frequently lent Princess Diana the unique jewel.
The cross, according to the Sotheby’s statement, was only ever worn by the Princess, and it hasn’t been seen in public since her passing until now.
Kardashian has previously attracted attention for reusing pop culture memorabilia.
She made headlines last May when appearing at the 2022 Met Gala in the same crystal-embellished Jean Louis gown Marilyn Monroe wore while serenading then-President John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962.