George VI's attache case brings $14,500 to online auction



2015-06-26 13:03:38

George VI's attache case brings $14,500 to online auction

George VI's personal attache case was presented to Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 1949

King George VI's personal attache case had been sold as part of an online auction that closed on November 15.

George VI attache case George VI was popular during the second world war due to his calm demeanor

The stylish leather case, which boasted the royal crest as well as "G VI R" monogrammed in gold, sold for $14,351. It was once part of the collection of Douglas Fairbanks Jr (1909-2000), after being presented to him personally by the king.

The actor, best known for his roles in Gunga Din and alongside Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory, was also a highly decorated naval officer, after being assigned to Lord Mountbatten's Commando Unit in England during the second world war. For his service, Fairbanks Jr was made an honorary knight commander of the order of the British Empire (KBE).

It was while he was receiving the honorary title in 1949 that it is believed he acquired the case. It was sold in good condition - though showing signs of wear from use - alongside a vintage Associated Press photograph of George VI and the royal family at the christening of Prince William Duke of Gloucester.

 George VI and the royal family at the christening of Prince William of Gloucester

Both Fairbanks Jr and his father, fellow actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr, were known to have entertained various members of royalty at their renowned parties. PFC Auctions recently sold a pairof guest beds from Fairbanks Sr's Pickfair mansionfor 10,028 ($16,274). They were passed down to his son and are believed to have been slept in by many of their illustrious guests.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering an excellent selection of royal memorabilia, including the charming childhood drawings of George VI's father, George V, and Princess Victoria.

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