A slice of wedding cake from the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, will go up for auction on Thursday in Los Angeles.
The 34-year-old slice of cake is a classic British fruitcake with cream cheese frosting, and was baked by David Avery, the head baker of the Naval Armed Forces.
The cake is being auctioned in its original packaging in the distinctive white and silver presentation box, which is dated Buckingham Palace 29 July 1981, marked with the Prince of Wales’ feathers and ”CD” monogram.
Also included is the original gift card stating: “With best wishes from / Their Royal Highnesses / The Prince & Princess of Wales.”
The auction site describes the cake being in “very good condition” despite its old age.
Bidding for the slice begins at $1,100 (£726), however, previous sales of the cake have fetched much more.
Back in 2014, a slice of Charles and Diana’s wedding cake fetched $1,375.
it isn’t just cake that has been attracted the interest of royal wedding memorabilia collectors. In July 2012, somebody paid £230 for some toast that was taken from Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding breakfast.
Billed as the “wedding of the century” an estimated TV audience of 750 million worldwide watched the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales making it one of the most popular programmes ever broadcast.
The event took place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London where a congregation of 3,500 people were in attendance. This included an array of world leaders, governor generals and other members of monarchies from around the world.
The auction will be conducted by Nate D. Sanders who are described as “an industry leader in documents and autographs” and are “recognised for their knowledge of sports, historical and Hollywood memorabilia.” They have held auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now conducts major auctions on a monthly basis.