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"Do Not Publish" Princess Diana Photo Sold at Auction

January 25, 2013

That mysterious "not for publication" Princess Diana photo that surfaced earlier this month has sold to a buyer - one who wishes to remain shrouded in mystery as well.

A real estate investor from San Diego, Calif., purchased the Princess Diana photo for $18,000, according to the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction.

The black-and-white image shows a young, pre-princess Diana Spencer lounging with her friend Adam Russell, a few years before she was married.

Russell is described by Diana biographer Andrew Morton as the great-grandson of prime minister Stanley Baldwin and now a deer farmer in Dorset, UK.

The two were shown back in the late 1970s, while they were on a ski holiday together, "but absolutely nothing happened," according to Morton.

A bottle of liquor also rests on a window ledge above her head, creating an image certain to be unfit for a future royal family member - at least at the time.

The picture was marked "not to be published" by the Daily Mirror in 1981; it's unclear why they decided to sit on and not run the image for over 30 years.

After her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles, Diana gave birth to their sons, Prince William, in 1982, and Prince Harry, in 1984; she divorced Charles in 1996.

The following year, she died in a car crash in Paris.

William wed Kate Middleton in 2011; "The Spare" Harry is still single ... and he was recently named the Top Bachelor in the World, as a matter of fact.

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