A number of personal items that belonged to Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII are for the auction.
(Henry Aldridge & Son/AP)
Personal items such as a Cartier watch and an elegant gold pencil holder that belonged to Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII are on the auction in the uk on Saturday.
The artifacts offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of the controversial couple. The king abdicated the British throne in 1936 to marry Simpson, an American divorcee. The couple then became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
The items were initially sold by Sotheby’s auction with the title “Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor” in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1987, the year after Simpson’s death.
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An onyx Cartier pocket watch that was given to the king for Easter 1936 during his short 236 days rule is a part of Saturday’s auction by Henry Aldridge & Son. “It is a tangible gift of the most controversial love story of the 20th century,” said auctioneer Andrew Aldridge.
The gold is hallmarked pencil holder that once belonged to Wallis Simpson (Henry Aldridge & Son)
The watch, which comes with a suede Cartier pouchette, a pre-sale estimate of $32,826 $39,391.
An 18 ct. gold hallmarked pencil holder and a gold pocket magnifying glass, engraved with the letter “E” are for the auction. The items each have a pre-sale estimate of $6,565 $9,191.
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Saturday’s auction in Devizes in Wiltshire also contains never-before-seen wartime photographs of Winston Churchill.
The onyx Cartier watch (Henry Aldridge & Son)
The two photos of Churchill is part of a fascinating album of photos taken by George Lee, who was employed in the Royal Air Force. In the photos, the British prime Minister can be seen with the troops at the Airport of B3, which is only about 3 miles from Gold Beach, one of the five D-Day landing sites.
The photos were taken on 23 July 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day, June 6, 1944.
The party has a pre-sale estimate of $5,287 $7,930.
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