Queen Victoria signed photograph for Diamond Jubilee stars at PFC Auctions


2015-06-26 12:56:08


Queen Victoria signed photograph for Diamond Jubilee stars at PFC Auctions

An important photograph signed by Queen Victoria highlights the September sale

An important Queen Victoria signed photograph is set to provide an exciting lot in PFC Auctions' September sale.

Queen Victoria signed photographAn incredibly rare opportunity to own Queen Victoria's autograph

The photograph was hand-selectedby Britain's longest reigning monarch as the official image for her Diamond Jubilee. It was taken at the wedding of the future King George V and Queen Mary in 1893 by W & D Downey - the Londonphotographers who werelater provided with a royal warrant for theiriconic imagesof the British monarchy. An inscription from Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Bigge,1st Baron Stamfordham and Queen Victoria's private secretary, records the queen's selection: "Messrs W & D Downey, London, this is the particular photograph selected by the Queen in accordance with my letter of 9th April 1897, Arthur Bigge." Released on June 22, 1897, the photographis mounted on thick cardboard and is in excellent condition, with just a few expected signs of wear at the edges. Featuring a crisp signature that reads "Victoria 1837-1897" on the front, the photograph makes a perfect display piece and will sell with a minimum bid of just 200. Queen Victoria memorabilia has been sellingsuperbly at auction recently, boosted by the present queen's own Diamond Jubilee, which has reignited collectors' interest in past monarchs. On June 30, a mourning outfit worn by Victoria sold 210% above its high estimate.PFC Auctions has a long history in selling royal memorabilia. In its last sale, the world record for a piece of Prince Charles and Diana's wedding cake saw a 16.2% pa increase, after a slice sold for 1,756.

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