Bids soar to 1,450 on first slice of Kate and William's wedding cake ever to reach auction… and there's still two weeks to go
Boxed fruitcake expected to fetch over 2,000 by end of bidding
Piece of cake was among those given to 650 guests at afternoon reception
11:39 GMT, 10 May 2012
The first ever slice of cake from the wedding of Kate and William has attracted bids of almost 1,500 as fans of the royal two vie to get their hands on the royal memorabilia.
With two weeks still to go on the auction, the bidding stands at 1,453 – but as is customary, the auction house expect a flurry of last-minute bids to push the value much higher by the time bidding closes on 24 May.
The boxed fruit cake, supplied to online auction house PFC Auctions by an anonymous seller, was among 650 pieces of wedding cake given to guests at the afternoon reception of the royal wedding held at Buckingham Palace last April.
Up for auction: A slice of Kate and William's royal wedding cake among 650 given to guests at the afternoon reception has attracted bids of 1,450 so far
The cake, designed by Fiona Cairnes, comes in a presentation tin commissioned and designed by Peter Windett and Sally Mangum.
It is accompanied by a printed compliments slip from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the 16 page Order of Service from Westminster Abbey which includes the vows, hymns, prayers and blessing from the Wedding.
preserved: The cake – believed to be the first piece of Kate and
William's cake to reach auction – comes in its original presentation tin
with a compliment card from Prince Charles and Camilla
Elaborate: Kate and William's eight-tiered wedding cake was created by Fiona Cairns
It is believed to be the first piece of William and Kate's wedding cake to appear at auction, and had a starting bid of 100.
A spokesman from PFC Auctions said today: 'This is a lovely piece of Royal memorabilia, and rarely seen on the market as these personal items are only gifted to close friends and family who attend the weddings.
The auction runs from 3 May to 24 May at www.pfcauctions.com