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Royal Memorabilia

Memorabilia from royalty has been popular for many years. Two types of royal memorabilia are available to collectors: commemorative and personal. Commemorative items were produced to commemorate events, such as coronations, weddings, and jubilees. Personal items have some sort of personal connection to a royal, such as an autographed photo or letter, or an article of clothing. Collectors typically value personal items more than commemorative memorabilia.

The oldest pieces of commemorative memorabilia were produced in the 17th century to commemorate the coronation of Charles II of England. When mass production became possible, royal commemorative items were produced in large quantities. Because of this, most royal commemorative items are fairly easy to find and are reasonably priced.

Royal personal items are much more desirable. An item that belonged to a royal or was associated with a royal can command a much higher price than an impersonal commemorative mug. Old letters, documents, family photographs, clothing, jewelry, vehicles, and anything else connected with a royal is sought after by collectors. These items must have provenance documenting that they were associated with a royal.


Quick Facts

  • The Geffrye's Museum of London holds a large collection of royal memorabilia. Many of these items are household items including china, mugs, and tea tins
  • A letter written by Mary, Queen of Scots, to excuse the Laird of Blair from his duties at court due to gout in 1554 sold in March 2012 for $5,000
  • The most expensive piece of royal memorabilia ever sold was the bracelet given to Wallis Simpson by Edward VIII after his abdication from the throne. The Cartier bracelet is shaped like a cheetah in diamonds and onyx. It sold at a Sotheby's 2010 auction for $4.5 million

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25X PIECE + RETRO DANSK FLORIFORM PARSLEY FLOWER
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
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VORALAKSANA KITIYAKARA: (1874-1931)
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VORALAKSANA KITIYAKARA: (1874-1931)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
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DULEEP SINGH FREDERICK: (1868-1926)
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DULEEP SINGH FREDERICK: (1868-1926)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
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EDWARD VIII: (1894-1972) 'Conan Doyle's books are always so good'
Mar 14, 12:00 PM CET
EDWARD VIII: (1894-1972) 'Conan Doyle's books are always so good'
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RAMA V: (1853-1910)
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RAMA V: (1853-1910)
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[MARIA THERESIA EMPRESS]
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[MARIA THERESIA EMPRESS]
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[CHARLES II, KING OF ENGLAND (1630-1685)]. His Majestie’s D...
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[CHARLES II, KING OF ENGLAND (1630-1685)]. His Majestie’s D...
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LOUIS VII: (1120-1180)
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MAVROCORDATOS ALEXANDER: (1754-1819)
Mar 14, 12:00 PM CET
MAVROCORDATOS ALEXANDER: (1754-1819)
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DULEEP SINGH VICTOR: (1866-1918)
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DULEEP SINGH VICTOR: (1866-1918)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
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A 19TH CENTURY COLLAGE HALF PORTRAIT OF PRINCE FREDERICK, DUKE OF YORK
Feb 28, 9:30 AM GMT
A 19TH CENTURY COLLAGE HALF PORTRAIT OF PRINCE FREDERICK, DUKE OF YORK
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KING EDWARD VIII PRINCE OF WALES
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
KING EDWARD VIII PRINCE OF WALES
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MARIE LOUISE DUCHESS OF PARMA: (1791-1847)
Mar 14, 12:00 PM CET
MARIE LOUISE DUCHESS OF PARMA: (1791-1847)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €500- €800
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EDWARD VI: (1537-1553)
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EDWARD VI: (1537-1553)
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Est: €2,000- €3,000
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LOUIS XV: (1710-1774)
Mar 14, 12:00 PM CET
LOUIS XV: (1710-1774)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
[GEORGE I]: (1845-1913)
Mar 14, 12:00 PM CET
[GEORGE I]: (1845-1913)
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1953 QUEEN ELIZBETH CORONATION BUTTON
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
1953 QUEEN ELIZBETH CORONATION BUTTON
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FRANÇOIS I: (1494-1547)
Mar 14, 12:00 PM CET
FRANÇOIS I: (1494-1547)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €2,500- €3,500
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1902 Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra Ticket
Mar 14, 11:00 AM PDT
1902 Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra Ticket
by Nate D Sanders Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$1000 Bids
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D'Annunzio Gabriele, Fotografia ai sali d'argento, con didascalia autografa. Datata 1918.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM CET
D'Annunzio Gabriele, Fotografia ai sali d'argento, con didascalia autografa. Datata 1918.
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Sellers Who Sell Royal Memorabilia


International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

Gonnelli Casa d'Aste

Gonnelli Casa d'Aste

Chaucer Auctions

Chaucer Auctions

Martel Maides

Martel Maides