Princess Diana's black sheep jumper sells for more than $1.1m at Sotheby's auction

Famed knitted piece worn by late princess first worn during 1981 polo match

The historic black sheep jumper worn by Princess Diana on display at Sotheby's in London. AP
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The famous black sheep jumper worn by Princess Diana has sold for a record sum at Sotheby's in New York.

The jumper, which she wore at a polo match in 1981 while engaged to the future King Charles III, sold for £920,000 ($1.14 million) after 15 minutes of bidding.

It is the most expensive jumper ever sold at auction. The sweater was originally estimated to be sold for somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000.

The knit piece was created by the label Warm & Wonderful, and features rows of white sheep contrasted with a solitary black sheep in the front.

The label was requested by Buckingham Palace to secure a replacement after Diana's original jumper was damaged.

She wore the replacement jumper at a 1983 polo match.

Diana's sweater was part of Sotheby's Fashion Icons auction, which also included a dress worn by former US first lady Michelle Obama, as well as garments worn by actresses Kate Winslett and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Updated: September 15, 2023, 2:24 PM