A Los Angeles auction house is giving regal-mad collectors the chance to own a precious piece of royal wedding history. They’re selling off a single sugary slice of wedding cake from Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s 1981 wedding.
Described as being ‘in very good condition,’ the 34-year-old piece of cake will go under the hammer at Nate D. Sanders Auctions on December 17 and, though it isn’t likely fit for consumption, bidding will start at $1,500 (AUD).
This is not the first slice of Charles and Di’s famous wedding cake to be put up for sale. In 2014, another slice sold for $1,900 (AUD).
Similarly, in 2011, a piece of wedding cake from their son, Prince William’s April 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton, sold for a whopping $5,500 (AUD) in 2011.
Charles and Di’s wedding cake was a traditional fruit cake with cream cheese icing and the slice on sale comes with a Thank-You card from the royal couple.Charles and Diana’s five-tier wedding cake. Image: Nate D. Sanders Auctions
The auction house has described the cake as:
Slice of wedding cake from the Royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, held on 29 July 1981. Cake comes inside cardboard presentation box, with heraldic badge and silver lettering that reads, ”CD / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / 29TH JULY 1981”. Cake is wrapped in original doilies and comes with card that reads, ”With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses / The Prince & Princess of Wales”. Box measures 3” x 4.25” x 1”. Very good condition.
More memorabilia, in the form of 14 previously unseen images, from Charles and Diana’s wedding recently surfaced and sold for more than $16,500 (AUD) in September. (You can see the intimate behind-the-scenes photos here.)
At a mere 34 years of age, this raisin-filled relic isn’t nearly as old as this century-old wedding cake recently found in an American basement, but we still wouldn’t recommend serving it up with a healthy dollop of cream!
Its new home should probably be behind glass.The cake’s presentation box. Image: Nate D. Sanders Auctions One of 14 previously unseen images from the Charles and Di’s 1981 wedding. Image: RR Auction.