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Charles and Diana wedding cake sells for £1,000

2008-08-28 03:44:18 GMT2008-08-28 11:44:18 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

An official five-tier wedding cake was made for the Royal wedding in 1981 but the item sold came from one of twenty-two other cakes distributed among royal staff. [Agencies]

The 27-year-old slice was bought by an anonymous buyer on a telephone bid even though only the marzipan and icing remain.

It was originally given to Moyra Smith, a member of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House, who preserved the topping in cling film and kept it in a metal tin.

The nine-inch square piece of icing and marzipan weighs 28 ounces, bears the royal coat-of-arms and is coloured in gold, silver, red and blue.

It was sold by Dominic Winter Book Auctions based in South Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, after Mrs Smith's husband Douglas brought in a number of royal items.

Auctioneer Nathan Winter said: "To my knowledge this is the highest price for any slice of the cake sold at auction."

Included in the same lot were a letter from the Prince and Princess of Wales thanking Mrs Smith for contributing to a clock given as a wedding present, and a bottle of royal heritage beer produced to mark the birth of Prince William in 1982.

An official five-tier wedding cake was made for the Royal wedding in 1981 but the item sold came from one of twenty-two other cakes distributed among royal staff.

Mrs Smith's husband Douglas, 76, said: "She was very sentimental about the cake. She loved the Royal family and looked back with great fondness."

An autographed letter written by the Princess also sold for £660 to a telephone bidder while a Christmas card from 1994 signed and inscribed to "Manuela" went for £620 to a phone bidder.

(Agencies)

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