UK palaces charity buys back Diana's dresses

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Auction house workers take telephone bids during the Kerry Taylor 'Fit for a Princess' auction in London, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The auction was of ten dresses formerly owned and worn by Britain's Princess Diana. The total hammer price for the ten lots was 719,000 pounds ($1.09 million US) not including the 20 percent buyers premium . (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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LONDON (AP) — Two dresses worn by Princess Diana will finally return to Britain's palaces after years of being in private ownership abroad.

Historic Royal Palaces, a charity that runs Diana's former residence, Kensington Palace, bought the two gowns on Tuesday at a London auction of the princess's dresses.

The charity said Wednesday the dresses will remain in Britain and will be shown to the public in exhibitions. It hopes to show at least one of the gowns at a display of royal dresses this summer.

The gowns are a Bruce Oldfield black velvet evening gown Diana wore in 1985 and an ivory and pink sequined crepe dress by Catherine Walker worn on a state visit to Brazil in 1991.

The two combined were sold for more than 107,000 pounds ($162,266.)

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