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  • The royal couple, Victoria and Albert, and a sample from their album of etchings.
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Priceless royal etchings go under the hammer this May

Posted by: Sonali Velinker Kamat on May 19, 2016

At The LUXE, we are particularly vigilant when it comes to auctions, keeping in mind the taste of true connoisseurs. Only weeks ago, we wrote of Prince memorabilia that was up for sale through the Nate D. Sanders auction house — listed by the music icon’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia and his former manager Owen Husney. Sadly, within a few short weeks, the legendary musician has passed, making this particular auction all the more relevant.

Not ones to dwell on past prospects, we are already looking forward. Next month, an album of rare etchings by Queen Victoria is set to be auctioned — with experts projecting the leather-bound book (engraved by Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert) will fetch between £30,000 and £50,000. One of only three known sets, the bound presentation album contains 80 etchings that the fiercely private royal couple never intended to share publicly. The album was given to Prince Albert’s official biographer and close friend Sir Theodore Martin, and has remained in the possession of his family ever since.

Now, with auction house Dominic Winter having unearthed the priceless tome, the bidding scheduled for May 11 in Cirencester is sure to be noteworthy.

Image Credits: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, abc.net.au