Original Buckingham Palace wardrobe to sell this week

An original wardrobe from Buckingham Palace is due to cross the block at Charterhouse Auctions on October 19-20.

The lot stood in one of the palace's many bedrooms during the reign of Queen Victoria and her successors Edward VII and George V.

Buckingham Palace Wardrobe

The wardrobe stood in Buckingham Palace until the 1930s 

It’s thought to have been sold off during a clear out sometime in the 1930s.

The piece was built by royal warrant holders Holland & Sons and is marked “VR BP No.79 1866”.

Those initials stand for Victoria Regina, Buckingham Palace, Room No. 79. The date probably refers to when it was built and installed (around halfway through Victoria’s reign).

The palace has around 240 bedrooms, of which 188 are for staff. The remainder are reserved for the royals and their guests.

The lot is valued at £2,500-3,500 ($3,312-4,637).

Auctioneer and valuer Richard Bromell said: “Rarely do you come across furniture or chattels from any Royal residence on the open market.”

“Sadly, we have no history as to how this Victorian mahogany linen press came to be removed from its bedroom, but suspect it was when the room was redecorated and updated sometime in the early to mid-20th century.”

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