Queen mum gin letter is a pounds 16k tonic; ROYALTY.
It was among the sought-after items in the collection of royal letters, photographs and artefacts auctioned for a total of pounds 444,634.
They were found after the death of former royal servant William Tallon, known as Backstairs Billy.
The hand-written note, which was expected to fetch only pounds 3,000, sparked a telephone bidding war.
The Queen Mum had requested an outdoor lunch, adding: "I think that I will take two small bottles of Dubonnet and gin with me."
A miniature portrait of the Queen Mother fetched the highest price of pounds 30,000 in Colchester, Essex.
And a letter to Mr Tallon from Princess Diana after the birth of William went for pounds 5,000. She wrote: "We are not sure what has hit us, except a very strong pair of lungs."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 7, 2008|
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