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.
Mark Hannam - Valuer & Auctioneer
Collectables, Mechanical Music & Coins
Mark has over 25 years’ experience as a Fine Art & Antiques Auctioneer. He joined Fieldings in 2010 following a number of years as the Mechanical Musical Specialist and Senior Auctioneer and Valuer for a major London auction house. Mark has extensive knowledge in many areas most notably collectables; including coins, banknotes and automata. He has also worked with banks and solicitors undertaking probate, trust and insurance valuation work. He enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge through his talks and networking with groups and companies in and around the Midlands. One of Marks favourite finds to date is a lead statue made by the Bromsgrove Guild which sold for £35,000