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article imageThe 'not to be published' photo of Princess Di sold for $18,306

By Anne Sewell     Jan 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Amherst - Earlier this month, it was reported that a rare photo of Princess Diana, relaxing with a young man other than Prince Charles and marked "Not to be published", had been found. It has now been sold on auction and the mysterious young man identified.
Digital Journal reported that the previously unseen 20x25-centimeter photo of Diana Spencer, then aged 20 years, and pictured relaxing with a young man and among friends on a skiing trip, had been found and was to be sold.
Apparently a London tabloid deemed it too hot to print at the time, as it is dated February 26, 1981 on the back, just two days after Buckingham Palace had announced the engagement of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.
The previously unidentified young man has now been named by Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton as Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.
It turns out that Russell was very fond of Diana and in the summer of 1979, after completing his language degree at Oxford, Russell decided to spend a year traveling. He did hope that his friendship with Diana could be renewed and possibly even developed upon his return.
However, Morton said that it was not to be, as when Russell arrived home a year later, a friend told him, "You've only got one rival - the Prince of Wales."
Bobby Livingstone of RR Auctions of Amherst had told AFP that the photograph would typically sell for around $1,000, "but because it has that [not-to-be-published] marking on it, we expect it to go for much more."
Livingstone mentioned the fact that the engagement had been announced two days before the date of the photograph.
"It captures the moment when the engagement had been announced two days before and the press was going mad over Diana but the Daily Mirror just wasn't going to publish this picture of her in a comfortable position with a man other than Prince Charles," he said.
However, after what Morton has said about young Russell, the date on the back of the photograph, being two days after her engagement to Prince Charles, is therefore a bit of a mystery.
But it did, indeed, go for much more, as the unnamed buyer parted with $18,306 for the prized photo during the internet bidding.
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