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Lot 649 : £290

Royal Interest - A personal letter from Prince Charles and Princess Diana to a Mr. Smith on Buckingham Palace headed note paper dated 7th October 1981 thanking him for a wedding gift, together with associated envelope. - the letter reads - Dear Mr Smith, We would both like to thank you very much indeed for your most kind contribution to the wedding present which the Duchy has given us. We really are delighted with the mahogany library table which will look splendid in our home at Highgrove and is exactly the right period for the house. We were also most touched to receive the balance of the gift in the form of a cheque with which we shall probably buy some more furniture. As you can well imagine, with two houses to equip from scratch we have quite a difficult task ahead of us. We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity which so many people have shown to us, but, as you will know we have a very special affection for the Duchy and all those who live and work in it and we therefore particularly appreciate your gift. We look forward very much to visiting the Duchy together in the future. Yours most sincerely, Charles and Diana.

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Andrew Mayall - Valuer & Auctioneer
Collectables & Furniture

Andrew’s career began in 1989 after a work experience position led to a post with a regional firm involving weekly general and monthly fine art sales. He conducted his first auction sale at the age of 18 and went on to win the West Midlands Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers ‘Young Auctioneer of the Year’ award in 1994, going on to represent the region in the national finals. He joined Fieldings in 2005 dealing with probate and estate work within the company, involving his interests in 20th Century design items, furniture and collectables. Some of Andrew’s favourite finds include a bronze ‘Head of Albert Einstein’ by Sir Jacob Epstein that sold for £56,000, an early 19th Century targe shield that sold for £9,200 and a Chinese bamboo brush pot that achieved £6,800.

Sold for £290 hammer