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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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SOUVENIR DE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON III.
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
SOUVENIR DE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON III.
by Osenat
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,8007 Bids
« LA REINE HORTENSE ».
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
« LA REINE HORTENSE ».
by Osenat
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€2,4006 Bids
PORTEFEUILLE ECRITOIRE DU MARECHAL NEY,
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
PORTEFEUILLE ECRITOIRE DU MARECHAL NEY,
by Osenat
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€4,8001 Bid
Alfonso XIII di Spagna (Madrid, 17 maggio 1886 – Roma, 28 febbraio 1941)
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
Alfonso XIII di Spagna (Madrid, 17 maggio 1886 – Roma, 28 febbraio 1941)
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €70- €100
€501 Bid
Armada 1588 H.M. Queen Elizabeth I Ship English Oak Fragment
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Armada 1588 H.M. Queen Elizabeth I Ship English Oak Fragment
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Foto con firma di Vittorio Emanuele III
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
Foto con firma di Vittorio Emanuele III
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €100- €150
€701 Bid
CARLOS VII Duca di Madrid (Lubiana, 30 marzo 1848 – Varese, 18 luglio 1909)
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
CARLOS VII Duca di Madrid (Lubiana, 30 marzo 1848 – Varese, 18 luglio 1909)
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €300- €350
€1501 Bid
1933. PROGRAMA DE MANO: LA REINA CRISTINA DE SUECI…
May 29, 4:00 PM CEST
1933. PROGRAMA DE MANO: LA REINA CRISTINA DE SUECI…
by Soler y Llach
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
1933. PROGRAMA DE MANO: LA REINA CRISTINA DE SUECI…
May 29, 4:00 PM CEST
1933. PROGRAMA DE MANO: LA REINA CRISTINA DE SUECI…
by Soler y Llach
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
ESPAGNE
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
ESPAGNE
by Osenat
Est: €600- €800
€4800 Bids
PRUSSE
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
PRUSSE
by Osenat
Est: €600- €800
€4800 Bids
PIECE D’HARNACHEMENT D'ATTELAGE.
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
PIECE D’HARNACHEMENT D'ATTELAGE.
by Osenat
Est: €600- €800
€4800 Bids
CHAINE GILETIERE AYANT APPARTENU A
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
CHAINE GILETIERE AYANT APPARTENU A
by Osenat
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€2,4000 Bids
« L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON III » EN PIED, EN UNIFORME.
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
« L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON III » EN PIED, EN UNIFORME.
by Osenat
Est: €300- €400
€2400 Bids
MOUCHOIR DE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON III.
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
MOUCHOIR DE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON III.
by Osenat
Est: €400- €600
€3200 Bids
D'Annunzio, Gabriele (Pescara, 12 marzo 1863 – Gardone Riviera, 1º marzo 1938)
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
D'Annunzio, Gabriele (Pescara, 12 marzo 1863 – Gardone Riviera, 1º marzo 1938)
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €300- €350
€2000 Bids
Margherita di Savoia (Torino, 20 novembre 1851 – Bordighera, 4 gennaio 1926) - Henry Le Lieure
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
Margherita di Savoia (Torino, 20 novembre 1851 – Bordighera, 4 gennaio 1926) - Henry Le Lieure
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €250- €300
€1200 Bids
FEUILLES DE SAULE ET COCARDE TRICOLORE D'OFFICIER PROVENANT DE LA FAMILLE BRUNON
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
FEUILLES DE SAULE ET COCARDE TRICOLORE D'OFFICIER PROVENANT DE LA FAMILLE BRUNON
by Osenat
Est: €400- €600
€3200 Bids
POMMEAU DE CANNE SEDITIEUX.
May 26, 2:00 PM CEST
POMMEAU DE CANNE SEDITIEUX.
by Osenat
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,6000 Bids
Friedrich Wilhelm II., König von Preußen (1744-1797).
Jun 05, 10:00 AM CEST
Friedrich Wilhelm II., König von Preußen (1744-1797).
by Zisska & Lacher
Est: €140- €200
€1400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Royal Memorabilia


Osenat

Osenat

Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.

Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House