Kim Kardashian has bought Princess Diana’s iconic Attallah
Cross after the pendant went of sale at Sotheby’s London. The Attallah Cross, a
1920s pendant by luxury jewellery designer Garrad, which was worn on several occasions
by Princess of Wales Diana, sold for £163,800 in the Sotheby’s Royal and Noble
Sale on Wednesday. The necklace is adorned with diamonds and square-cut amethysts
and hangs on a long string of pearls.

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Naim Attallah CBE acquired the piece in the 1980s, and lent
it to Diana several times for the events in the years that followed. “Few
people could carry this piece off but Diana really could,” said Ramsay
Attallah, son of Naim Attallah. “When I was growing up, we’d always have it on
the table for Christmas lunch, but it was never worn by anyone other than Diana
and it hasn’t been seen in public since she died,” he said in 2022, according
to Vogue.

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Who was Naim Attallah?

Naim Attallah was a Christian Palestinian-British businessman
and writer. He was the owner of The Women’s Press. He was born on May 1, 1931
in the British Mandate of Palestine.

Attallah was the publisher of Quartet Books, which was founded in 1972 by Ken Banerji, John Boothe, William Miller, and Brian Thompson, and taken over by Attallah in 1976. The Women’s Press was founded in 1977 by him and Stephanie Dowrick.

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He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for his contribution to literature and the arts. He interviewed around 300 women on subjects that range from feminism, sexuality, creativity, motherhood, and professional life. Attallah’s 15 books, memoirs, interviews, and blog posts offer a taste of 20th-century London.

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Attallah went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Battersea Polytechnic in London. However, his time at the institution was cut short due to financial limitations imposed by the Israeli government in 1951.

In 1957, he married interior designer Maria Nykolyn after a proposal in a Wandsworth cinema.

He died on February 2, 2021, at the age of 89 after contracting the coronavirus disease.