Princess Diana dress to auction for $60,000 at Julien's?

Julien's Auctions' Icons and Idols 2013 auction will be highlighted by the sale of Princess Diana's Catherine Walker dress on November 9 in Hollywood.

Princess Diana dress Catherine Walker
Catherine Walker was one of Diana's favourite designers

The dress is cut from black silk velvet and was worn by Diana in 1991 during a private function. Having appeared in the book Catherine Walker An Autobiography by the Private Couturier to Diana, Princess of Wales, it is expected to see between $40,000 and $60,000.

In March, Kerry Taylor Auctions offered a selection of Princess Diana dresses, with the gown that she wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House selling for $362,563.

1942 Academy Award
The market for Academy Awards as collectibles is incredibly strong, propelled by their rarity

The top lot of the sale is a 1942 Academy Award that was presented to Carroll Clark and F Thomas Thompson of the RKO Radio Studio Art and Miniature Department for their design and construction of a moving cloud and horizon machine - a major development in film history.

Plated in 24k gold and an incredibly rare item, the award is expected to sell for $80,000-100,000.

The market for Academy Awards such as this is strong, as only early examples are available on the market due to a restriction placed on the sale of those presented later than 1950. Due to their rarity, they often make more than $100,000 at auction.

In September, the Oscar presented to Joseph Schildkraut as Best Supporting Actor in 1937's The Life of Emile Zola sold for $92,866.

Also starring in the sale is the wedding gown worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, which is valued at $30,000-50,000. The piece can expect strong results following the $1.3m sale of a collection of costumes from the film in July.

One of the most anticipated lots of the sale is a collection of Marilyn Monroe's medical notes, which shed light on rumour of her plastic surgery.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic range of iconic memorabilia for sale - find the latest addition to your collection today.

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