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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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[ABDUL HAMID II]: (1842-1918)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
[ABDUL HAMID II]: (1842-1918)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€2206 Bids
Leque chinês da Imperatriz Dona Teresa Cristina
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Leque chinês da Imperatriz Dona Teresa Cristina
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €800- €1,600
€8002 Bids
Insígnia de camareiro-mor da Casa Imperial, Brasil
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Insígnia de camareiro-mor da Casa Imperial, Brasil
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €200- €400
€2202 Bids
Friso para bicórnio da Guarda Nacional, D.Pedro II
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Friso para bicórnio da Guarda Nacional, D.Pedro II
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €50- €100
€501 Bid
DOCUMENT: LOUIS XV, Signed 1748 Vellum
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
DOCUMENT: LOUIS XV, Signed 1748 Vellum
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
LOUIS XIV: (1638-1715)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
LOUIS XIV: (1638-1715)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0001 Bid
LOUIS XIV: (1638-1715)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
LOUIS XIV: (1638-1715)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0001 Bid
LOUIS OF FRANCE: (1661-1711)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
LOUIS OF FRANCE: (1661-1711)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €600- €900
€6001 Bid
WILLIAM III: (1650-1702)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
WILLIAM III: (1650-1702)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €1,200- €1,800
€1,2001 Bid
HAILE SELASSIE I: (1892-1975)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
HAILE SELASSIE I: (1892-1975)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €300- €400
€3001 Bid
MAKONNEN HAILE SELASSIE: (1924-1957)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
MAKONNEN HAILE SELASSIE: (1924-1957)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €150- €200
€1501 Bid
Channel Islands Telegraph Company interest - a printed message on silk to Queen Victoria
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Channel Islands Telegraph Company interest - a printed message on silk to Queen Victoria
by Martel Maides
Est: £30- £40
£201 Bid
A King Edward VIII Coronation Commemorative Cup & Jug, 12th May 1937, St George
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
A King Edward VIII Coronation Commemorative Cup & Jug, 12th May 1937, St George
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD120
AUD451 Bid
A King Edward VIII Coronation Commemorative Bowl & Jug, 12th May 1937
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
A King Edward VIII Coronation Commemorative Bowl & Jug, 12th May 1937
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD401 Bid
NAPOLEON I: (1769-1821)
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CET
NAPOLEON I: (1769-1821)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €1,200- €1,800
€1,2001 Bid
BUST PORTRAIT OF LEOPOLD I, KING OF BELGIANS.
Dec 08, 1:00 PM CET
BUST PORTRAIT OF LEOPOLD I, KING OF BELGIANS.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €100- €150
€501 Bid
Wilhelm II. - Original signature of Emperor Wilhelm II.
Dec 03, 9:30 AM CET
Wilhelm II. - Original signature of Emperor Wilhelm II.
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Rara e importante Bandeira Imperial do Brasil,1822
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Rara e importante Bandeira Imperial do Brasil,1822
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €800- €1,600
€8001 Bid
A Pratt Ware Framed Lid 'The Late Prince Consort', Albert, Husband of Queen Victoria, c.1880
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Pratt Ware Framed Lid 'The Late Prince Consort', Albert, Husband of Queen Victoria, c.1880
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD651 Bid
ROYAL FAMILY AUTOGRAPH PORTRAIT
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
ROYAL FAMILY AUTOGRAPH PORTRAIT
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6001 Bid
Paar Kinderbüsten als Gegenstücke
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Paar Kinderbüsten als Gegenstücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
BRITISH PHOTOGRAPH HRH ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES - EDWARD V II 1873
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
BRITISH PHOTOGRAPH HRH ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES - EDWARD V II 1873
by John Atzbach Antiques
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Royal Memorabilia


International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

Osenat

Osenat

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

Palácio do Correio Velho

Palácio do Correio Velho