Ronald Reagan’s high regard for Princess Diana on display in Air Force One

Former President Ronald Reagan had a photo of himself with Princess Diana printed and hung on Air Force One just days after it was taken, an auction of items used on the aircraft has revealed. 

The picture, hung on an interior wall of Air Force One, shows Diana and Reagan both in black tie toasting each other in front of a candle-lit table. 

It was taken during an event at the White House on November 9, 1985, during which Diana danced with Reagan and actor John Travolta. Other attendees included Neil Diamond, Clint Eastwood and Tom Sellek.

A week later, Reagan was pictured in front of the hanging image on Air Force One while flying to the Geneva Summit – a historic meeting between the US and Soviet Union focused on de-escalating the nuclear arms race.

The President was pictured taking part in a mini Golf tournament, affectionately dubbed the ‘Trust, but Verify Open’, while on the flight. 

The revelation came as the putter used by Reagan in the pictures went on auction in Boston for an estimated $35,000 – $50,000.

Former President Ronald Reagan had a photo of himself with Princess Diana printed and hung on Air Force One just days after it was taken, an auction of items used on the aircraft has revealed 

The picture, hung on an interior wall of Air Force One, shows Diana and Reagan both in black tie toasting each other in front of a candle-lit table

The picture, hung on an interior wall of Air Force One, shows Diana and Reagan both in black tie toasting each other in front of a candle-lit table

The picture of Reagan and Diana was taken during an event at the White House on November 9, 1985, during which the Princess danced with the President and actor John Travolta (pictured)

The picture of Reagan and Diana was taken during an event at the White House on November 9, 1985, during which the Princess danced with the President and actor John Travolta (pictured)

The putter is accompanied by a letter from Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, the National Security Advisor who saw Reagan borrow the putter from fellow passenger Bill Martin.

McFarlane, who died in May, said: ‘This is to confirm that the owner of the putter in President Reagan’s storied putting contest while on the way on Air Force 1 to the 1985 Summit in Geneva with President Gorbachev, is Bill Martin, who was serving as Special Assistant to President Reagan and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

‘In offering his putter for the event, Bill proposed that the contest be titled the ‘Trust but Verify Open.’

The Spalding TPM 6 putter is 35.5 inches long and is in fine condition, although the Golf Pride grip is showing some wear.

The putter is accompanied by a letter from Robert 'Bud' McFarlane, the National Security Advisor who saw Reagan borrow the putter from fellow passenger Bill Martin (pictured together)

The putter is accompanied by a letter from Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, the National Security Advisor who saw Reagan borrow the putter from fellow passenger Bill Martin (pictured together)

The Spalding TPM 6 putter is 35.5 inches long and is in fine condition, although the Golf Pride grip is showing some wear

 The Spalding TPM 6 putter is 35.5 inches long and is in fine condition, although the Golf Pride grip is showing some wear

Six years before the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union, the 1985 Geneva summit focused on de-escalating the nuclear arms race between the two superpowers, and came with hopes of fostering better East-West relations.

One of the most enduring pictures from the summit is one of the two most powerful men on the planet sitting beside a fireplace, smiling at each other from their armchairs – an image that conjures up the impression of a cosy fireside chat between two old friends.

The conviviality extended to their wives Raisa Gorbacheva and Nancy Reagan, who chatted over tea under the gaze of photographers.

Another sign of the thaw was the first handshake between Gorbachev and Reagan, which lasted seven seconds.

The historic moment took place in front of the Villa Fleur d’Eau, a late 19th-century mansion on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The auction ends on June 24. 

The meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985 led to a thawing of relations between the two superpowers

The meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985 led to a thawing of relations between the two superpowers

The 1985 summit focused on de-escalating the nuclear arms race between the two superpowers, and came with hopes of fostering better East-West relations

The 1985 summit focused on de-escalating the nuclear arms race between the two superpowers, and came with hopes of fostering better East-West relations

The conviviality extended to the leaders' wives Raisa Gorbacheva (left) and Nancy Reagan, shown here two years later at a meeting in Washington DC

The conviviality extended to the leaders’ wives Raisa Gorbacheva (left) and Nancy Reagan, shown here two years later at a meeting in Washington DC

Reagan and Gorbachev met in the Villa Fleur d'Eau, a late 19th-century mansion on the shores of Lake Geneva that is currently up for sale

Reagan and Gorbachev met in the Villa Fleur d’Eau, a late 19th-century mansion on the shores of Lake Geneva that is currently up for sale

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