Kerry Taylor Auctions to sell rare Diana Dors outfits April 8

The Darnell baby-doll dress and matching coat, worn by British actress Diana Dors in the 1964 comedy 'Allez France.' Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

The Darnell baby-doll dress and matching coat, worn by British actress Diana Dors in the 1964 comedy ‘Allez France.’ Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

LONDON – A Kerry Taylor Auctions, the UK’s leading specialist fashion auctioneer is known for selling the clothes belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. However, in the April 8 auction a group belonging to a very different Diana will come up for sale – those of the late Diana Dors.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Dors (Oct. 23, 1931 – May 4, 1984) was dubbed “the English Marilyn Monroe.” Admired for her curvaceous body, suggestive smile and warm humor – the pieces from her wardrobe reflect her glamorous lifestyle.

A Darnell pale green chiffon baby-doll cocktail dress with jeweled droplet bodice and matching coat was worn in the 1964 comedy Allez France (The Countefeit Constable), an anglo-French comedy in which Diana played herself.

Also included in the lot is a sequined and crystal studded blue lace jacket with a Xerox copy of Diana wearing it and a flowing bejeweled kaftan, which one might imagine her wearing to one of her famous libidinous parties recently mentioned in the British press.

After her death at age 52 in 1984, most of her clothes were burned by her huband, Alan Lake, and so these garments are rare. Diana had given them to her housekeeper’s teenage daughter in the 1970s, but they were a little to glam for the young girl to wear. It is lot 194 in the auction and the estimate is £400-£600 ($663-$995).

Approximately 430 lots of vintage fashions comprise the two-session auction, which begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. GMT, 2 a.m. Pacific.

For details phone Kerry Taylor Auctions at 0208 676 4600 or email info@kerrytaylorauctions.com .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


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The Darnell baby-doll dress and matching coat, worn by British actress Diana Dors in the 1964 comedy 'Allez France.' Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

The Darnell baby-doll dress and matching coat, worn by British actress Diana Dors in the 1964 comedy ‘Allez France.’ Kerry Taylor Auctions image.