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A BURGUNDY ALLIGATOR 'PRINCESS DIANA' HANDBAG
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A BURGUNDY ALLIGATOR 'PRINCESS DIANA' HANDBAG

BY LANA MARKS, 1995

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A BURGUNDY ALLIGATOR 'PRINCESS DIANA' HANDBAG
BY LANA MARKS, 1995
The deep bag with top handle and long, detachable shoulder strap and back pocket
9 x 9 ½ in. (22 x 24 cm.)
Provenance
This is one of two ‘Princess Diana’ handbags given to her stepmother, Lady Spencer, by The Princess of Wales.
This handbag, in autumn colouring, was one of fifteen ‘Princess Diana’ handbags specially commissioned by Diana, Princess of Wales from Lana Marks in 1995 and Lady Spencer was photographed with The Princess carrying her burgundy ‘Princess Diana’ handbag.This is one of two ‘Princess Diana’ handbags given to her stepmother, Lady Spencer, by The Princess of Wales.
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Lot Essay

At the beginning of 1995 I was commissioned by Princess Diana herself,  to create a new handbag in her name - The Princess Diana handbag. It was a daunting task for me, as the handbag had to: be unlike any other; be Regal, fashionable, and be able to transcend time. When it was presented to her 9 months later she said to me: Lana, it is tall and slim just like me. It was her stamp of approval. She was most grateful for the original design and wrote me a letter thanking me for the most beautiful handbag imaginable.  I cherish that letter from Princess Diana.

Princess Diana owned 15 of The Princess Diana Handbags herself in American ALLIGATOR ( tanned in Paris and handcrafted in Italy) and ostrich and also about 15 belts which she wore on her Red Cross Trips to Africa.  The Princess Diana Handbag has a signature contour on the front of the handbag, which is a prominent distinctive  feature, accented with 3mm piping.  It was an incredible honour to design and create this handbag for Princess Diana and thereafter, to have become a close friend of hers. I am deeply appreciative of these truly great honours and also cherish the very fond memories. 

Lana J Marks,

CEO/Owner/Designer, LANA MARKS.

Christie's is grateful to Lana Marks for her assistance in cataloguing and authenticating this handbag.

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