Lot 246

Farah Pahlavi (née Farah Diba), a gown worn by the Empress of Iran for state occasions, early 1970s

From castles and palaces - selected art and works of art from antiquity to the 20th century | A87p | Live auction | 245 Lots

Hammer price € 35,000

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White silk finely embroidered with applications and geometric ornamentation in blue and silver. White silk lining. Length 135 cm.
Farah Diba, the third wife of the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, became Queen by marriage in 1959 and Empress of Iran (Shahbanu) following the coronation in 1967.
She wore this very gown at numerous state occasions throughout the 1960s and 70s, which is documented in scores of official photographs. For example, she wore it in 1972 for the state visit of President Nixon in Iran. As she wore this design frequently and over many years, it is safe to assume that she owned several versions of the same gown.
Provenance: Comes with a personal letter from the Embassy of the Imperial State of Iran in Bonn, dated 1975, confirming the origin of the gown.
Condition: I - II Questions about the lot?

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The auction includes 246 lots and starts on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4 pm (CET). The pre-sale viewing will take place from September 19 - 24, 2020 from 10 am to 6 pm (CET).