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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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Miniatur der böhmischen Kronjuwelen im Originaletui.
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Est: €0- €0
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OTTO VON BISMARCK ASHTRAY
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
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Napoleon Leaves Elba with Gold Coins - Signed Six Times in Four Different Ways on His Handwritten Inventory!
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
Napoleon Leaves Elba with Gold Coins - Signed Six Times in Four Different Ways on His Handwritten Inventory!
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $15,000- $16,000
$5,0001 Bid
KING HUSSEIN I AND QUEEN ALIA
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
KING HUSSEIN I AND QUEEN ALIA
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
JJ Adams Kate Middleton Professionally Framed/Wishbone Edition
Oct 24, 7:00 PM BST
JJ Adams Kate Middleton Professionally Framed/Wishbone Edition
by James Auctioneers London
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Property from an Important Private Collection An old man and a prince, Kho
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
Property from an Important Private Collection An old man and a prince, Kho
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GRAND PRINCE NIKOLAI NIKOLAEVICH ENTERS TMOVO IN 1877
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
GRAND PRINCE NIKOLAI NIKOLAEVICH ENTERS TMOVO IN 1877
by Galerie Moenius
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TEL AVIV POLICE KING GEORGE V CORONATION PROGRAM, 1937.
Oct 27, 6:00 PM IDT
TEL AVIV POLICE KING GEORGE V CORONATION PROGRAM, 1937.
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Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Mark Macken Bronze King Baudouin of Belgium and Queen Fabiola
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Mark Macken Bronze King Baudouin of Belgium and Queen Fabiola
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $1,000- $15,000
$1,0000 Bids
George, Duke of Cambridge addressed envelope
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
George, Duke of Cambridge addressed envelope
by East Coast Books
Est: $50- $75
$250 Bids
TAMPION FROM THE BATTLESHIP H.M.S. PRINCE OF WALES, 1902
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
TAMPION FROM THE BATTLESHIP H.M.S. PRINCE OF WALES, 1902
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £250- £350
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FOUR JACK-STAFF CROWNS
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
FOUR JACK-STAFF CROWNS
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
1936 King Edward Framed Chromolithograph
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
1936 King Edward Framed Chromolithograph
by Connoisseur Online
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Nov 06, 11:00 AM CET
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by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €1,500- €2,000
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Sotheby's - Duke and Duchess of Windsor Sale Set [3]
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
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by TimeLine Auctions
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(SOFIA AND JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN)
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Est: $30- $40
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by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €100- €300
€1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Royal Memorabilia


Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Pierre Bergé & Associés

Pierre Bergé & Associés

Charles Miller Ltd

Charles Miller Ltd

Lion Heart Autographs

Lion Heart Autographs