Sales of royal memorabilia proved popular this year in the wake of the birth of Prince George in July, with the value of Prince William's signature rising by 33.3%. Memorabilia pertaining to Princess Diana remains enormously popular, with the dress she wore to the White House in 1985 auctioning for $362,500 in March - a new record for a Diana dress.
Top royal memorabilia sale of 2013
- The dress worn by Princess Diana as she danced with John Travolta at the White House in 1985 made $362,500 in March - making it the most valuable Diana dress ever sold at auction. It was reportedly sold to "a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife".
2013's important royal memorabilia sales
- Another Diana dress, which she wore to the 1986 premiere of James Bond film The Living Daylights, achieved $167,122 in December.
- A series of letters written in the 19th century between members of the Russian royal family made $88,000.
- A cloth dipped in the blood of Louis XVI auctioned for $24,400 in Paris in April.
- An archive of letters written by Queen Victoria sold in August for $23,500.
- An unpublished photograph of a young princess Diana made $18,306 in January.
- A lock of hair from the head of Archduke Franz Ferdinand achieved an impressive $18,000 in April - an increase of 2,949% on its estimate.
It was a breakout year for…
- Prince William, whose signature rose in value by 33.3% between 2012 and 2013.
It was a year to forget for…
- Those who bought commemorative, mass-produced royal baby items on the off chance that they would become collectibles. As always, the rarity of an item has a strong hand in determining its value.
One you may have missed
- A pair of scrapbooks featuring a young Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret performing in a variety of pantomimes made $5,249 in December.