02 Jul 2020
December 13, 2016 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

A set of rare photos of a controversial Royal wedding, have recently been sold at auction for double the original estimated value.

The sale took place at Bellmans Auctioneers in Sussex, featuring a collection of 17 photographs which had been taken on a ‘rogue’ camera by a guest at the wedding of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson on 3rd June 1937.

The Duke of Windsor had abdicated in 1936, so that he could marry divorcee Simpson, which meant that his brother, Duke of York at that time, became George VI. The wedding took place in France, at Chateau de Cande, with just a few close friends.

Five reporters and an official photographer were present to cover the event, although the photos sold recently were taken by Lady Alexandra Metcalfe, who was the wife of Fruity Metcalfe, a friend of the Dukes. Lady Alexandra was the last surviving member of the wedding party, passing away in 1995.

The photo collection was originally estimated around £4,000 to £6,000, but sold for £9,200 to a buyer who had made a bid prior to the sale and left it with the auctioneer. The photos attracted attention from bidders in the room and online.

Among the images are photos of the bride and groom, the guests, a seven-tier cake and flowers and the wedding breakfast table. The auctioneer described the photos as a rarity. Perhaps the owner may display the photographs in an antique cabinet, possibly dating from the same era as the wedding.

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