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Photo of Diana as single teen up for auction

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AMHERST, N.H. -- A photo marked "not to be published" that shows a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales, with a young friend seated beside her, will be featured in an auction this month in New Hampshire.

The photo might never have been seen publicly until now, RR Auction said. Stamped February 1981, it was taken around the time Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer ended months of speculation and announced they were to be married.

The photo came from the Caren Archive, a major private collection of rare newspapers and other publications, and was purchased seven years ago from the Daily Mirror newspaper.

British media have identified the young man as Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former British prime minister Stanley Baldwin.

In 1981, Diana first told news of her engagement to her friends, then moved out of her apartment Feb. 23 and into Buckingham Palace. The wedding took place on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1996, and Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 6, 2013 A5

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