Jeremy Clarkson slams buyer of iconic Princess Diana jumper that ‘won’t fit

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The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson has mocked the buyer who paid an eye watering sum for one of Princess Diana’s iconic jumpers telling them that “it probably won’t fit.”

Pondering on the sale by Sotheby’s New York last week which saw the item of clothing sell to a mystery bidder for a heart-stopping £920,000 he said: “All they’ve got is an item of clothing that they can never wear.”

The jumper in question is the famous black sheep jumper which she wore to watch the then Prince Charles playing polo in June 1981, shortly after they got engaged.

“We all thought that the world had gone off its rocker when someone paid £722,000 for a Ford Escort that had once been owned by Princess Diana,” he said. “But at least he ended up with a car.”

“This week, someone paid £920,000 for one of her jumpers. And all they’ve got is an item of clothing that they can never wear as it probably won’t fit,” he commented in his column in The Sun.

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The initial estimated value was £40,000 – £70,000 so the sale completely exceeded expectations.

The jumper features a single whimsical black sheep amongst several white ones and was designed by Osborne and Sally Muir for Warm and Wonderful Knitwear, which was founded in 1979.

It became one of the most identifiable items from the late Princess’s wardrobe as images of her wearing it are frequently republished.

In their official notes Sotheby’s described the sweater as featuring a “whimsical black and white sheep motif” and said it was among the pioneering creations by the knitwear brand.

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The buyer didn’t just receive the sweater for their nearly £1 million investment, as the lot also contained two letters.

They were written in 1981, from Buckingham Palace to Warm and Wonderful politely explaining the jumper had been damaged and requesting either a repair or replacement,

The letters show that the company sent Princess Diana a replacement sweater that she wore in 1983 to another polo match.

The jumper gained such fame that a copy of it is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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