London set for royal jewelry auction
The late Princess Margaret, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, will have several items of her jewelry, furniture and works of art auctioned at Christie's in London, it was announced this week.
To be held on June 13th and 14th, the auction will comprise more than 800 items of her most esteemed possessions and is thought to have a total value of over £2 million.
One of the highlights of the auction is a £5,000, nine-carat gold gem-set Cartier cigarette case that was presented to Princess Margaret for Christmas in 1949 by "her very devoted Papa", as the inscription reads, King George VI.
The highest single estimate in the collection is for a translucent mauve enameled silver Faberge clock, with gold decorations. A gift from Queen Mary, the auctioneers value the piece at over three-quarters of a million pounds.
Christie's say this is the first time in history that the private jewelry collection of the sister of a reigning monarch has been offered for sale, although they are careful to say that it does not represent a part of the Crown Jewels, nor the Royal Collection.
The auction has been planned by the late Princess Margaret's two children in order to raise money to help pay an inheritance tax.
A bit rare, at £345 a slice
Welsh rarebit is a bit rarer now that Tom Bridge, the master chef and food historian, has reinvented it at £345 a slice.
The snack dates from the 18th century, when most people could snare a rabbit for the pot — except a Welshman, who was thought so feckless that cheese melted with beer would have to suffice.
But Mr. Bridge will use the fanciest ingredients, including Umbrian truffles and matsutake mushrooms — so valuable that they are harvested under armed guard — in time for National Cheese on Toast Day on April 27. He opted to use Warburtons Toastie bread and Lancashire cheese, which are best for toasting.
A version of the snack is to be auctioned on eBay and the highest bidder will get a personal visit from the chef, who will cook the dish in the winner’s home.