Yorkshire businessman wants to sell Princess Diana’s wedding cake for £4,000
Leeds’ Gerry Layton purchased the big slice of cake, which is roofed in marzipan and adorned with a royal coat of arms in gold, purple, blue and silver, for £1,850 at public sale final August.
It’s from one of many 23 official wedding ceremony desserts made for the marriage of Prince Charles and Woman Diana Spencer on Wednesday twenty ninth July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral.
After the marriage it was given to Moya Smith, a member of the Queen Mom’s family at Clarence Home, and she or he preserved the topping in cling movie earlier than her household offered it to a collector in 2008.
Leeds Royalist Gerry Layton, 62, has twice had the distinctive serving to of marzipan cake (Photograph: Jonathan Gawthorpe)
It can come underneath the hammer once more at Hanson Auctioneers’ London High-quality Artwork, Antiques and Collectors Public sale on August 27 and is anticipated to fetch between £3,000 and £4,000.
Mr Layton, a former member of the Sixties band The Outer Limits who now charters a ship providing luxurious excursions on the River Thames in London, stated he had already spent round £4,000 on the cake however he was “each penny worth”.
He has pledged to donate half of the proceeds from the forthcoming sale to homeless charity Centrepoint and Nice Ormond Avenue Hospital as Princess Diana was patron of each.
He added: “I had no intention of promoting the cake once more, however Charles Hanson approached me after the charity public sale and provided to promote it at Hanson’s Auctioneers. Earlier than I knew it, he had talked me into it! I simply hope that the curse of the cake hasn’t grabbed me and that I am going to bid once more – as a result of I nonetheless have not had a snack.
“I had deliberate to be very cautious to not disturb the frosting and simply attempt to decide a crumb out of the nook, however I by no means bought the possibility. It is protected at Hansons. It is an especially uncommon factor and I feel its worth will improve over time.”