London, July 20 (): A piece of toast supposed to have been displayed on the breakfast table of Britain’s Prince Charles on the day he married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 has been sold on Thursday at auction in Derby for £230, an auction house said.
The mother of a past servant at Buckingham Palace kept the toast as a royal wedding day remembrance, which went on an auction at Charles Hanson Auctioneers near Derby in central England.
The mother of the maid was visiting the 1981 royal wedding with her daughter. She claimed to have taken the leftover slice and kept it safely as the remembrance of the royal wedding.
Two bidders fought the bidding war out over the telephone for the 30-year old slice of white toast, with the final winner being based in the UK.
In advance to the auction, Rosemarie Smith, the 83-year-old woman described how she got the slice. Her daughter was a maid at the Palace during 1981 royal wedding and one of her duties was to collect Prince Charles’s breakfast tray from outside his room. The old lady was also with her standing in the corridor and saw that Prince Charles had left some toast on the tray. She had a thought of keeping the toast safe as memory of the royal wedding.
She kept the slice of toast in a cup on a shelf at home until last year when the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton made her curious about its value.
Mrs Smith said she just walked to the auctioneers out of curiosity and asked them if it was worth anything. She was pleasantly surprised once they agreed with her that it could be of quite some value to royal collectors.
The slice is assumed to have been well preserved as it had not been buttered and the toasting had dried it out.