A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding has been sold for the ‘unexpected’ yet still whopping price of £1,850 ($2,565) at auction.
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Weighing at about 800 grams, the slice comes from one of the 23 cakes made for the royal wedding. It was originally estimated to be worth £300-£500 ($416-$693), but due to high interest, it was impossible to predict what it would sell for, as Chris Albury told CNN on Thursday.
‘It really seemed to capture a lot of people’s imaginations, and wallets,’ added Albury, saying: ‘£1,850 was very unexpected.’ The slice features a coat-of-arms in gold, red, blue, and silver, with a silver horseshoe and leaf spray, alongside some white decorative icing.
Seemingly, the cake forms part of one of the cakes sent to royal staff and was given to Moyra Smith, who worked at Clarence House for the Queen Mother, the auctioneer said.
The 40-year-old slice, which has been kept in plastic wrap in an old cake tin, was sold to Dominic Winter Auctioneers in 2008 on behalf of Smith’s family. Surprisingly, besides the white icing having dulled a bit, the cake has been well preserved.
While slices of cake from other royal weddings do regularly come up for sale, the fact that this item is such a large piece of one of the official cakes makes it stand out, said Albury, remarking, ‘I’ve not seen anyone else trying to sell anything like this’.
The auction also included printed Ceremonial and Order of Service programs for the wedding, which had a global, television audience of over 700 million people!