A slice of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s wedding cake is set to sell for a staggering $4000. The 34-year-old wedding cake is to be auctioned off at Nate D. Sanders Auction in Los Angeles on Thursday (one was previously sold there in 2014).
The starting bid for a slice of the fruitcake with cream cheese frosting that comes in a special box with silver lettering, wrapped in wax paper and embellished with a doily, was $1,100.
This isn’t the first royal slice to be up for auction: A piece of the same cake went at auction last year for $1,375, and a sliver from Princess Kate and Prince William’s wedding in 2011 went for more than $4,000 two years ago.
Despite its long age, the cake has been perfectly preserved thanks to the high level of alcohol in it and is still edible – but its value comes from the fact that it is still intact.
A note accompanying the presentation box reads: “With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince & Princess of Wales”.
Incredibly, it is now set to sell for $4,000 – around £2,600 – at Nate D. Sanders auctioneers.
Sam Heller, from the auction house, said: “The wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles captured the attention of the world on television and through many newspapers and magazines.
“And even today, people just can not get enough of the late Princess.
“Alcohol has preserved the cake making it still edible, although collectors would rather it remain intact.
“Collectors are willing to pay a premium to own a piece of history from the most famous wedding of the 20th century.”