Princess Diana’s iconic gowns, letters sell for $1.5 million-plus at Beverly Hills auction

Princess Diana’s 1987 Victor Edelstein magenta silk and lace evening dress is displayed during Julien’s Auctions’ press preview of “Princess Diana’s Elegance & a Royal Collection” at the Peninsula Beverly Hills on Wednesday, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Twenty-six years after the death of Princess Diana, her spirit — and style — are as influential as ever.