Royal memorabilia market - 2013 auction review


2015-06-26 13:35:18


Royal memorabilia market - 2013 auction review

Missed anything? We review the major 2013 auction sales in the royal memorabilia market.

Sales of royal memorabilia proved popular this year in the wake of the birth of Prince George in July, with the value of Prince William's signature rising by 33.3%. Memorabilia pertaining to Princess Dianaremains enormously popular, with the dress she wore to the White House in 1985 auctioning for $362,500 in March - a new record for a Diana dress.

Top royal memorabilia sale of 2013

Princess Diana John Travolta dressThe White House dress is the most valuable Diana dress ever sold at auction

The dress worn by Princess Diana as she danced with John Travolta at the White House in 1985 made $362,500 in March - making it the most valuable Diana dress ever sold at auction.It was reportedly sold to "a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife".

2013's important royal memorabilia sales

Princess Diana not to be published photoTheunpublished photographshows a young Diana on a skiing trip withfriends

Another Diana dress, which she wore to the 1986 premiere of James Bond film The Living Daylights, achieved $167,122 in December. A series of letters written in the 19th century between members of the Russian royal family made $88,000. A cloth dipped in the blood of Louis XVI auctioned for $24,400 in Paris in April. An archive of letters written by Queen Victoria sold in August for $23,500. An unpublished photograph of a young princess Diana made $18,306 in January. A lock of hair from the head of Archduke Franz Ferdinand achieved an impressive $18,000 in April - an increase of 2,949% on its estimate.

It was a breakout year for

Prince William, whose signature rose in value by 33.3% between 2012 and 2013.

It was a year to forget for

Those who bought commemorative, mass-produced royal baby items on the off chance that they would become collectibles. As always, the rarity of an item has a strong hand in determining its value.

One you may have missed

Queen Elizabeth pantomime royal photoThe scrapbooks show Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret performing

A pair of scrapbooks featuring a young Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret performing in a variety of pantomimes made $5,249 in December.View our royal memorabilia for sale.

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