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'Do-not-publish' Diana photo up for auction in US

Published on Jan 3, 2013 7:51 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A previously unseen press photo of an apparently teenaged Princess Diana that a London tabloid deemed too hot to publish is coming up for auction in the United States (US) later this month.

The black-and-white image from the dawn of the 1980s shows Diana, possibly in a ski chalet, smiling at the camera as she lies comfortably in the lap of a like-aged but unidentified young man reading a book.

By the window stands a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky, but more intriguing are the words "not to be published" scrawled across the photo with the kind of grease pencil used by newspaper picture editors at the time.

On the back, the photo is dated Feb 26, 1981 - two days after Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Charles and the commoner then known as Diana Spencer.

 
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