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  • Queen Victoria's wedding cake smashes estimate
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    Will Davison
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Queen Victoria's wedding cake smashes estimate

A paper parcel containing crumbs from Queen Victoria's wedding cake has sold for £760 ($1,109).

The lot soared past its £100 ($145) estimate by 660% at Hanson's earlier this month.

Queen Victoria cake
Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840

It was discovered in a box of curiosities from around the world, collected by Victorian naval lieutenant Robert Sayer.

Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in February, 1840 - making these crumbs around 176 years old.

Slices of the cake (which weighed 300 pounds in total) were only given out to guests and staff.

Royal wedding cakes have been performing exceptionally well at auction in recent years, in part due to an increased US interest in the royal family.

The record is $7,500, set for a piece of William and Kate's wedding cake at Julien's Auctions in 2014.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson told the Burton Mail: "Mr Kipling would be proud!

"Royal memorabilia enthusiasts clearly recognised the rarity of this opportunity and the purchaser now has a tasty addition to their collection."

While this might seem an enormous price to pay for a few crumbs, it's actually not the record.

That figure is £7,637 ($11,148), paid for some fragments of a biscuit carried on Shackleton's Endurance expedition in 2001.  

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    Will Davison
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