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1987 Princess Diana Two-Page Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,997.50
Two-page handwritten letter (on both sides of a single sheet), dated December 29, 1987, signed by Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales (1961-1997). In her letter, penned on royal letterhead, Diana writes to Sarah Jane Gaselee, a young friend who served as one of her bridesmaids. In full: “Dearest Sarah Jane. My morning was cheered up enormously by hearing your voice. Thank you very much for ringing me up. I am so glad that you had a happy Christmas + only hope the dentist didn’t give you any fillings. All the snow is gone from here now + it’s lovely to actually see the green grass again. Sadly, I didn’t make any snow men. Father Christmas visited me also + I found a large, heavy stocking at the end of my bed - + of course, I woke up very early. Please ring me up before you go back to school + no tears this time! Take care + lots of love, Diana.” Both the text and Diana’s signature have been flawlessly scripted in black ink and grade “10.” Sarah Jane Gaselee is the daughter of famed horse trainer Nick Gaselee, who served as a riding instructor for Prince Charles. Even though Sarah Jane was ten years younger than Diana, the two formed a close, almost sisterly relationship. In the September 8, 2000, issue of OK! , a British magazine, Gaselee commented upon their close friendship: “Diana used to send me letters when I was at boarding school. I think she understood me very well, because she had also disliked leaving home to go to school. After the engagement, I used to ring her up at Buckingham Palace for advice. We went on shopping trips and we met at fittings for my bridesmaid's dress at David and Elizabeth Emanuel's salon.” A year later, Gaselee recalled her earliest memories of Diana in the pages of the July 31, 2001, issue of Hello : “I knew all about their big romance long before the press did. We used to smuggle Diana in and out [of our house] under a rug in the back of the Land-Rover. We got on really well right from the start. I looked on her as a big sister I never had." Diana’s life after her divorce in 1995 was largely devoted to charitable endeavors and at the time of her tragic death in 1997 she was one of the most admired women in the world. This is a particularly charming letter written by her during her happier days at Kensington Palace. The letter (5.75 x 8.25 inches) displays a single horizontal mailing fold and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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