Those royals, always one-upping us. While it’s traditional to freeze a slice or top tier of a wedding cake and save it to eat on your first anniversary, a slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake has miraculously outlasted its royal bride, and aced the test of time.
The age-old confection, part of the original 300-pound wedding cake, dates back to the 1840 nuptials of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, who reigned over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901. And getting your hands on it will be, well, a piece of cake. If you have the means.
The 176-year old slice will be up for grabs to highest bidder when Christie’s South Kensington hosts its upcoming “Out of the Ordinary” auction. The annual event is a celebration of all things unique and exceptional. We’d say Queen Victoria’s cake ranks.
The rare collectible is being sold by David Gainsborough Roberts, a British collector whose eccentric memorabilia also includes the world's largest collection of the late Marilyn Monroe’s costumes, set to be auctioned off later this year.
Roberts auctioned off a slab of the same cake in 2014 for approximately $1,098. This year’s piece is expected to fetch between $1,044-$1,566. Seems oddly low? Well, you know, stale cake.
Still, it's Queen Victoria's. Triple exclamation points.
And while details are scarce about the vintage slice, we can tell you that it comes wrapped inside a box inscribed with the words 'The Queen's Bridal Cake/Buckingham Palace, Feb.y 10/1840’ just below an image of a royal crown.
Photo courtesy of © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.
You also get a letter from the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle relating to the cake, and a piece of paper with Queen Victoria's signature and royal monogram.
Too tempting to pass up? Don’t miss Christie’s auction, slotted for September 14.
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