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Queen mum gin letter is a pounds 16k tonic; ROYALTY.

A NOTE in which the Queen Mother asked her aide to pack gin and Dubonnet has sold for pounds 16,000.

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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