Friday, September 14, 2012
On September 14, 1982, Grace Kelly, Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco, died at age 52 after suffering a stroke while driving with her daughter, Stéphanie, plunging off a mountainside along the French border. She had been pulled alive from the wreckage the day before. Kelly began acting on stage in 1950 at age 20; in 1956 she left acting in movies to marry Ranier III, Prince of Monaco. While pregnant in 1956, Princess Grace was frequently photographed clutching a distinctive leather sac à dépêches (message bag), manufactured by Hermès, to shield her baby bump from paparazzi cameras. The purse became so closely associated with the fashion icon that it was known thereafter as the Kelly Bag. Today’s price tag? Anywhere between $10,000 and $60,000. Each.