The 24-centimeter-long cast was made by renowned Croatian sculptor Oscar Nemon just before his death in 1985, with Diana being his last sitter.
The details on the cast show Diana’s wedding band and the delicate lines of her hand. Credit: Reeman Dansie Auctions
Reeman Dansie Managing Director James Grinter called the cast a “delicate beauty.”
“It has a wonderful presence actually,” he told CNN.
The life cast formerly belonged to Nemon’s assistant, sculptor Karin Churchill, who was also its caster, the auction house stated in its description.
Casts are typically made by placing something — in this instance, Diana’s left hand — into a liquid silicon bath which sets to form a mold. The mold is then filled with plaster of Paris, which when it hardens, is the cast.
Known as the “people’s princess”, Diana is still a global icon decades after her death. Credit: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images
Also to be auctioned November 8 is Nemon’s life-size cast of the right hand of Sir Winston Churchill, British prime minister during the Second World War, which is estimated to fetch up to £7,000 ($8,049).