Queen Victoria's cake and knickers up for auction at Christie's
Royal memorabilia collectors are in for a treat next month, as three rare items relating to Queen Victoria head for auction at Christie's.
The items are all part of the company's annual Out of the ordinary sale, which features everything from rare artworks and historic artefacts, to unusual decorative objects and celebrity memorabilia.
First is a pair of Victoria's draw-string knickers, bearing her embroidered VR monogram and worn by the Queen in the late 19th century.
During her lifetime, Queen Victoria had a habit of gifting items of clothing such as her underwear to members of her household staff, and many more were presented to them after her death in 1901.
The pair offered at Christie's comes with an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000 ($2,596 - $3,894), but could soar far higher given that similar pairs have sold at auction for up to £10,000 ($13,075) in recent years.
The second item also falls into the category of 'royal undergarments': one of the Queen's cotton nightgowns. The gown, also featuring the VR monogram, is believed to date from the mid-19th century – an estimate based on its size, as Victoria famously expanded during the later years of her reign.
Another item which was probably gifted to a servant or staff member, the nightgown is priced at £1,000 - £1,500 ($1,298 - $1,947).
The third piece of Victoriana on offer is a relic from her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 – an original slice of their wedding cake.
At 176 years old, the cake is probably a touch dry, but it remains a remarkable slice of royal history none the less. Offered in its original presentation box, given to guests during the reception at Buckingham Palace, the cake is expected to sell for £800 - £1,200 ($1,038 - $1,558).
Further aristocratic items of interest set to cross the block in London will include a pair of the Duchess of Windsor's earrings, estimated at £8,000 - £12,000 ($10,384 - $15,576); a
crocodile skin cigar case owned by both King Edward VII and Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, valued at £10,000 - £15,000 ($12,980 - $19,470); and a pair of the Duke of Wellington's spectacles, priced at £1,000 - £1,500 ($1,298 - $1,947).
The Christie's Out of the Ordinary Sale takes place in London on September 14.
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