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A 40-year-old slice of Charles and Diana’s wedding ceremony cake sells for $2,500 at public sale

The slice of icing from one of many 23 official wedding ceremony muffins made for the Royal Marriage ceremony of HRH Prince Charles and Girl Diana Spencer on Wednesday 29th July 1981 has fetched £1,850 at public sale.

Claire Hayhurs | AP

A 40-year-old slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding ceremony cake has offered at public sale for greater than $2,500.

The “massive slice” of icing and marzipan, which got here from considered one of 23 official wedding ceremony muffins made for the royal wedding ceremony in 1981, offered Wednesday for £1,850 ($2,562) plus a 20% purchaser’s premium at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, England.

Previous to the sale, the lot was anticipated to promote for round £300 to £500.

Weighing round 800 grams (1.eight kilos), the icing includes a sugared Royal Coat of Arms and a small silver horseshoe. It was given to Moyra Smith, an worker of the Queen Mom at Clarence Home, whose household offered it to a collector in 2008.

“It seems to be in precisely the identical good situation as when initially offered, however we advise in opposition to consuming it,” the public sale home mentioned on the lot’s sale web page.

The cake slice was purchased by Gerry Layton, a personal collector from the English metropolis of Leeds.

Layton advised The Yorkshire Night Submit he had “all the time been a monarchist” and would add the merchandise to his property, which might be left to charity.

“We have been amazed on the numbers of individuals desirous to bid on this massive and distinctive piece of royal cake icing,” Dominic Winter auctioneer Chris Albury advised CNBC by way of e-mail.

He added that the majority inquiries had come from bidders within the U.Ok., the U.S. and the Center East.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana have been married at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981.

The icing layer was preserved in cling movie inside an outdated cake tin, with a hand-crafted paper label signed by the unique proprietor taped to the lid. Its sale features a printed Order of Service program for the marriage ceremony, in addition to a memorial Royal Marriage ceremony Breakfast menu and desk seating program for Buckingham Palace.

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