Diana keepsakes fetch top prices
An engraved silver card case owned by Diana, Princess of Wales has sold at auction for nearly £16,000.
The ornately crafted piece, a present from her grandmother, fetched the highest price of 79 items linked to the late royal in a mass sale conducted by Boston-based RR Auction.
The intimate effects were donated to charity months before her death in 1997, with a letter reading: “The personal quality of some of these items will hopefully show just how important the work of this humanitarian charity is to me.”
Diana’s handwritten French vocabulary book from her time at a Swiss finishing school sold for more than £11,000 while a 17-inch silver necklace with a capital “D” charm that Diana is thought to have worn as a teenager sold for nearly £7,000.
Other items included a silver locket containing a picture of Diana with Prince Harry and Prince William, and a signed Red Cross photograph. Prince Harry watched as children got soaked during a visit to a conservation project that aims to teach youngsters to value the countryside.
The royal joked with one group as they were drenched by a bucket of water while testing a supposedly waterproof shelter as part of the Chatham Green Project at the Wilderness Foundation in Chatham Green, near Chelmsford in Essex. Children had built shelters between trees as part of a survival course.
An instructor threw a bucket of water over one shelter as children sat inside it to test whether it was waterproof.
The prince, joking with the children, said: “How did you allow this to happen? I’m serious, look, how did you allow that to happen?”
Harry also spoke to youngsters making nettle and mint tea, and saw children lighting fires.