A photo fit for the queen! Queen Victoria's official Diamond Jubilee photograph (signed by monarch herself) goes under the hammer
Queen Victoria picked the image herself and it was released in 1897
Photograph expected to fetch in excess of 1,000
11:26 GMT, 18 September 2012
An astonishing piece of Diamond Jubilee memorabilia is going under the hammer.
But it's not a keepsake from Queen Elizabeth's recent 60th anniversary celebration that could be yours – it's one from Queen Victoria's.
The official photograph chosen and signed by the monarch to mark her 1897 Diamond Jubilee is being auctioned, and it is expected to sell for over 1,000.
The official Diamond Jubilee photograph, signed off by Queen Victoria, is being sold at auction
The photograph – which was taken by studio photographers W & D Downey in
July 1893 at the wedding of the future King George V and Queen Mary – was selected as the favourite by the Queen herself, and released as the official image of her Diamond Jubilee on 22 June 1897.
Signed by the Queen herself on the front, the
reverse of the photo bears the handwritten message: 'Messrs W & D
Downey, London, this is the particular photograph selected by the Queen
in accordance with my letter of 9th April 1897, Arthur Bigge.'
Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Bigge, 1st Baron Stamfordham, was Queen
Victoria's private secretary during the final years of her reign.
The reverse of the photograph is signed by Arthur Bigge, Queen Victoria's private secretary during the final years of her reign
The cabinet photo – which measures 5 x 4″ and is mounted on thick cardboard – is being auctioned by Guernsey-based boutique online auction business PFC Auctions, who specialise in world class art, antiques and collectibles.
The item has slight wear at the edges but is otherwise in in fine condition with a crisp signature.
The current top bid is 220.
Queen Victoria pictured at Windsor Castle in 1891
Queen Victoria reigned Britain from 1837 until her death in 1901.
She was the
first British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, and is the only one besides Queen Elizabeth II to have celebrated the
The item is an important piece of Royal memorabilia which marks the the first
Diamond Jubilee in British history.