Decades after her death, the public fascination with Princess Diana is just as strong as it ever was. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that letters and cards of the late royal’s recently went up for auction and sold for an impressive sum.
The correspondence was sent from the royal to Roger Bramble, a family friend, between 1990 and 1997. “The letters reveal a witty and intelligent hand with a great generosity of spirit,” reads the description of the missives on the David Lay Auctioneers site. “The recipient believes his place in her story was only as a constant, always independent of what else might have been happening at the same time.”
A statement from the vendor explained that the letters and cards were being put up for auction due to concerns “that contemporary portrayals of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, may become accepted wisdom in the minds of the public.” The statement continued, “We believe these letters reveal the writer to be an affectionate, cultivated and delightful human being and that their wider publication could only do credit to their author.”
Princess Diana's auctioned correspondence raised money for several causes she would have approved of
Per Marie Claire, the sale drew in a whopping $113,000, with one missive fetching in a staggering $12,000.
Among the collection were a letter from 1991 in which Princess Diana describes her heartbreak over the death of her friend, Adrian Ward-Jackson, from AIDS; two letters describing a trip Diana took with her mother; and a family Christmas card featuring a picture of Diana with her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William.
As noted on the auction site, the proceeds were donated to “organizations, artistic and cultural, with which the Princess and Roger had a particular affinity.” Those organizations are Opera Rara, The Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, the Benesh International Endowment Fund, and the English National Ballet. Princess Diana served as the patron of the English National Ballet from 1989-1997.
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