Princess Diana's silver apple up 23% on estimate


2015-06-26 13:03:51


Princess Diana's silver apple up 23% on estimate

The silver apple was among the standout lots of Princess Diana memorabilia that sold on Tuesday

A silver apple, commissioned by Princess Diana in 1989 to mark her solo visit to New York, has beaten its estimate by 23.3% at a major UK auction of her memorabilia.

Bearing her "D" cipher, the apple hammered for 3,700 ($5,890) against a 3,000 high estimate on November 20.

Princess Diana appleDiana gave the apple to one of her best friends

One of only four in existence - a factor that helped boost its desirability with collectors - it was consigned by the family of Diana's dresser, Fay Appleby, who died from cancer in 2002 following a 15 year fight against the disease.

Appleby was one of four members of staff who accompaniedDiana on the trip. Each received an apple.

It was one of several Diana-related items Fay's twin sons, aged 22, put up for auction to help them buy their first house, reports the Mail newspaper.

Chris Appleby told the publication: "We were only 11 when our mother passed away but she told us how she loved working for the Princess and helping her to look so amazing in all her wonderful dresses, outfits and jewellery.

"She was very loyal to Princess Diana and she said she became a great friend - her best friend, in a way."

A gilded brass carriage clock, again featuring Diana's "D" and bearing a "Presented by HRH The Princess of Wales" inscription, was the auction's top lot, selling for 4,900 ($7,801) against a 2,000 ($3,175) high estimate.

The sale, coupled with last weekend's $122,322 auction of a Rolls-Royce Diana used on her 1985 visit to the US, confirms the continuing desirability of her collectibles. View our Diana stock here.

There was also a titillating performance from a pair of Queen Victoria's bloomers. The 38 inch waist undergarments sold for 360 ($573), significantly down on the 9,375 ($15,000) 2011 auction ofa pair of her silk drawers - evidence that when it comes to novelty items, saturation of the market can seriously impact value.

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