A jumper worn by means of Britain’s late Princess Diana and depicting a black sheep is headed for auction later this summer time with a charge estimate of as much as $eighty,000.

Designed by knitwear label Warm & Wonderful, the sweater, to be able to headline Sotheby’s Fashion Icons Aug. 31-Sept. 14 online sale, became rediscovered in an attic in advance this 12 months by way of one of the logo’s founders.

Diana first wore the red jumper, which depicts a lone black sheep among rows of white sheep, to look at then Prince Charles play in a polo sport in June 1981, a month before they have been married, sparking hypothesis over its capacity significance.

After it turned into damaged on the wrist, her personal secretary Oliver Everett wrote to Warm & Wonderful co-founder Joanna Osborne asking if it may be repaired and the jumper become despatched returned. A few months later, Diana received a replacement, which she become photographed carrying in 1983.

Osborne found the authentic in a container in her attic in March.If you’re Princess Diana, in reality you’ve got get right of entry to to plenty of portions of garb you could pick out to put on,” Cynthia Houlton, worldwide head of fashion at Sotheby’s, informed Reuters at a press preview in London on Monday.

“And the truth that she wanted a substitute and then again years later wore … The replacement sweater, I think speaks clearly volumes from her how a lot this sweater supposed to her.”

The jumper, that’s being sold with Everett’s two letters to Osborne, has a fee estimate of $50,000-$eighty,000.

Earlier this year, Sotheby’s sold a red, velvet, strapless night gown worn through Diana, designed by using couturier Victor Edelstein for his autumn 1989 collection, for simply over $600,000, five times its pre-auction estimate.

The jumper and letters are on show at Sotheby’s London until Wednesday. They will go on display in New York in September.