Princess Diana Gowns to be Sold at Skinner December 15

Aug 17, 1998, 01:00 ET from Skinner

    BOSTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Skinner will auction two gowns owned by
 Diana, Princess of Wales for charity in Boston on December 15 to support Pine
 Street Inn and Saint Francis House, providing for the homeless of Boston.
     The royal gowns were donated to Skinner this week by Boston businessman
 John Connors and Boston-based boutique owner Barbara Jordan, respectively.
 The first (left in photo), a burgundy velvet ball dress by Catherine Walker,
 was worn at the French Embassy in 1989.  The second dress is a Catherine
 Walker long dinner dress of bottle green silk velvet, ordered for formal
 dinners at Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor.  The two were worn by the
 princess and sold at Christie's auction house in 1997.
     Pine Street Inn is New England's best known resource for homeless men,
 women and children.  Its programs for women offer a unique sanctuary of safety
 and service, and proceeds from the sale of the gown donated by Barbara Jordan
 will be used to support the Women's Inn in all of Pine Street's services for
 homeless women.
     Saint Francis House is a nonprofit, comprehensive shelter with basic and
 emergency services, rehabilitative programs, and transitional housing serving
 over 600 poor and homeless men and women every day.  Due to the high success
 rate of its programs, the United States House of Representatives Task Force on
 Homelessness has named Saint Francis House a National Model Program.
     Established in 1971 and currently the fourth largest auction gallery in
 the nation, Skinner, auctioneers and appraisers of antiques and fine art,
 conducts over sixty auctions annually.  Operating out of locations in Boston
 and Bolton, Massachusetts, Skinner is the foremost auction gallery in New
 England.
 
 

SOURCE Skinner
    BOSTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Skinner will auction two gowns owned by
 Diana, Princess of Wales for charity in Boston on December 15 to support Pine
 Street Inn and Saint Francis House, providing for the homeless of Boston.
     The royal gowns were donated to Skinner this week by Boston businessman
 John Connors and Boston-based boutique owner Barbara Jordan, respectively.
 The first (left in photo), a burgundy velvet ball dress by Catherine Walker,
 was worn at the French Embassy in 1989.  The second dress is a Catherine
 Walker long dinner dress of bottle green silk velvet, ordered for formal
 dinners at Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor.  The two were worn by the
 princess and sold at Christie's auction house in 1997.
     Pine Street Inn is New England's best known resource for homeless men,
 women and children.  Its programs for women offer a unique sanctuary of safety
 and service, and proceeds from the sale of the gown donated by Barbara Jordan
 will be used to support the Women's Inn in all of Pine Street's services for
 homeless women.
     Saint Francis House is a nonprofit, comprehensive shelter with basic and
 emergency services, rehabilitative programs, and transitional housing serving
 over 600 poor and homeless men and women every day.  Due to the high success
 rate of its programs, the United States House of Representatives Task Force on
 Homelessness has named Saint Francis House a National Model Program.
     Established in 1971 and currently the fourth largest auction gallery in
 the nation, Skinner, auctioneers and appraisers of antiques and fine art,
 conducts over sixty auctions annually.  Operating out of locations in Boston
 and Bolton, Massachusetts, Skinner is the foremost auction gallery in New
 England.
 
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