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Now that’s a garage sale! Duke and Duchess of Gloucester put royal collection including £50,000 snuff box and £2,100 cigarette case up for auction as they downsize by moving out of Kensington Palace

  • The Gloucesters lived in a 21-room apartment at Kensington Palace since 1972 but moved out in September
  • The collection of 317 lots range in value from £300 to £100,000 and includes a George V golden snuff box 
  • There is also a £2,100 cigarette case bought for Prince Henry by his brother Prince Albert, later King George 
  • The Duke of Gloucester is the Queen’s cousin and has now moved to family estate at Barnwell Manor 

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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are putting a royal collection worth hundreds of thousands up for auction after moving out of their apartment at Kensington Palace. 

The Queen’s cousin and his wife lived in a 21-room apartment at the royal residence in Kensington from 1972 until September, when they downsized and moved to the family’s Grade I-listed country estate Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire. 

They have now decided to put more than 200 items up for auction that offer a fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy and range from £300 to £100,000 in value. 

The collection of 317 lots contributed by the Gloucesters and the Earls of Harewood includes a George V gold Royal presentation snuff box with his and Queen Mary’s faces emblazoned on it from 1911, which is expected to fetch £50,000 when it goes under the hammer on Friday.  

There is also a gold cigarette case that was given to Prince Henry by his brother Prince Albert, who later went on to become George VI, and inscribed it with the words: ‘For Harry from Bertie 31.3.18’. The box could sell for as much as £2,100 at Christie’s in London this week. 

This blue enamel golden snuff box with rose cut diamonds and ivory miniatures is emblazoned with the faces of King George V and Queen Mary. It dates back to 1911 and is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000 at auction this week 

There is also a gold cigarette case going under the hammer that was given to Prince Henry by his brother Prince Albert, who later went on to become George VI on his 18th birthday and inscribed it with the words: 'For Harry from Bertie 31.3.18'. The box could sell for as much as £2,100 at Christie's in London this week

There is also a gold cigarette case going under the hammer that was given to Prince Henry by his brother Prince Albert, who later went on to become George VI on his 18th birthday and inscribed it with the words: ‘For Harry from Bertie 31.3.18’. The box could sell for as much as £2,100 at Christie’s in London this week

There are 237 lots contributed by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester up for auction at Christie's in London on Friday. Another 80 have been contributed by the Earls of Harewood. This impressive wooden carving of the Royal Hanovarian coat of arms that dates back to the 18th century. According to its label, the carving was created for King George III and possibly later acquired by Queen Mary (1867-1953) and given to her only daughter, Princess Mary, The Princes Royal, Countess of Harewood. It is attributed to Thomas and George Seddon, who had held the royal warrant as Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers since 1832, and is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000

There are 237 lots contributed by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester up for auction at Christie’s in London on Friday. Another 80 have been contributed by the Earls of Harewood. This impressive wooden carving of the Royal Hanovarian coat of arms that dates back to the 18th century. According to its label, the carving was created for King George III and possibly later acquired by Queen Mary (1867-1953) and given to her only daughter, Princess Mary, The Princes Royal, Countess of Harewood. It is attributed to Thomas and George Seddon, who had held the royal warrant as Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers since 1832, and is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000

Also included in the lot are these dispatch boxes. They were used by former Conservative minister George Canning, who was born in 1770 and died in 1827. The black and red boxes used by the late Foreign Secretary were gifted to the Harewood family and could make £1,000 at auction on Friday

Also included in the lot are these dispatch boxes. They were used by former Conservative minister George Canning, who was born in 1770 and died in 1827. The black and red boxes used by the late Foreign Secretary were gifted to the Harewood family and could make £1,000 at auction on Friday 

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester decided to put more than 200 items up for auction after moving out of Kensington Palace, which offer a fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy and range from £300 to £100,000 in value

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester decided to put more than 200 items up for auction after moving out of Kensington Palace, which offer a fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy and range from £300 to £100,000 in value

Among the 237 items put forward by the Gloucesters is a set of 19 George II mahogany dining chairs that were made around the year 1775. They have an asking price of between £60,000 and £100,000 in total.  

The Harewoods, a royal seat in Yorkshire occupied by the Lascelles family, are offering up 80 items at auction. 

One lot consists of six royal standards that belong to Princess Mary, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Harewood.

Another is an impressive wooden carving of the Royal Hanovarian coat of arms that dates back to the 18th century. 

According to its label, the carving was created for King George III and possibly later acquired by Queen Mary (1867-1953) and given to her only daughter, Princess Mary, The Princes Royal, Countess of Harewood. 

It is attributed to Thomas and George Seddon, who had held the royal warrant as Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers since 1832, and is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000. 

An unusual find among the Harewoods’ contributions is a taxidermy cassowary from southern Australia. 

This Afghanistan, Order of Alma-Ala-Nishan, first class collar chain, sash badge and breast star in gold and silver gilt was previously owned by the Duke of Gloucester and is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000 at Christie's on Friday

This Afghanistan, Order of Alma-Ala-Nishan, first class collar chain, sash badge and breast star in gold and silver gilt was previously owned by the Duke of Gloucester and is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000 at Christie’s on Friday 

This portrait of 'Samson slaying the Philistines' by Jacopo Tintoretto was previously owned by the Earls of Harewood and has an estimated value between £20,000 and £30,000

This portrait of ‘Samson slaying the Philistines’ by Jacopo Tintoretto was previously owned by the Earls of Harewood and has an estimated value between £20,000 and £30,000

One lot consists of six royal standards that belong to Princess Mary, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Harewood. They are due to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000 each

One lot consists of six royal standards that belong to Princess Mary, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Harewood. They are due to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000 each 

Among the 237 items put forward by the Gloucesters is a set of 19 George II mahogany dining chairs that were made around the year 1775. They have an asking price of between £60,000 and £100,000 in total

Among the 237 items put forward by the Gloucesters is a set of 19 George II mahogany dining chairs that were made around the year 1775. They have an asking price of between £60,000 and £100,000 in total

An unusual find among the Harewoods' contributions is a taxidermy cassowary from southern Australia. It sat inside Harewood House in Yorkshire in the early 1900s and was owned by Hubert de Burgh-Canning, the second Marquess of Clanicarde, who left his collection to his great-nephew Viscount Lascelles

An unusual find among the Harewoods’ contributions is a taxidermy cassowary from southern Australia. It sat inside Harewood House in Yorkshire in the early 1900s and was owned by Hubert de Burgh-Canning, the second Marquess of Clanicarde, who left his collection to his great-nephew Viscount Lascelles 

It sat inside Harewood House in Yorkshire in the early 1900s and was owned by Hubert de Burgh-Canning, the second Marquess of Clanicarde, who left his collection to his great-nephew Viscount Lascelles.  

For those more interested in politics than the monarchy, the dispatch box of former Conservative minister George Canning, who was born in 1770 and died in 1827, is also included in the lot. 

The black and red boxes used by the former Foreign Secretary were gifted to the Harewood family and could make £1,000 at auction.   

The lucky bidders will also find a collection of first edition children’s books, including A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh corner. There is also a doll’s house from the late 20th century, which could fetch £600.   

The auction will take place at Christie’s in London on Friday December 14.  

The former Duke and Duchess of Gloucester had two children: Prince William of Gloucester (1941-1972) and Prince Richard (b. 1944). The latter, who succeeded his father as Duke of Gloucester, hung the wallpaper in this doll’s house for his daughters, Lady Davinia and Lady Rose

The former Duke and Duchess of Gloucester had two children: Prince William of Gloucester (1941-1972) and Prince Richard (b. 1944). The latter, who succeeded his father as Duke of Gloucester, hung the wallpaper in this doll’s house for his daughters, Lady Davinia and Lady Rose

This George III mahogany armchair was given as a wedding present from the City of Glasgow to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and his bride, Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott, in 1935. Lady Alice was the daughter of the King's longstanding friend, the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, and sister of the Prince's closest friend, Lord William Scott. The needlework on their embroidered seats, which depict creatures and foliage, was done by The Duchess of Gloucester (1901-2004), who became known as Princess Alice after the Duke's death in 1974. One of the chairs has been signed and dated in the stitching 'Alice 1937'.

This George III mahogany armchair was given as a wedding present from the City of Glasgow to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and his bride, Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott, in 1935. Lady Alice was the daughter of the King’s longstanding friend, the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, and sister of the Prince’s closest friend, Lord William Scott. The needlework on their embroidered seats, which depict creatures and foliage, was done by The Duchess of Gloucester (1901-2004), who became known as Princess Alice after the Duke’s death in 1974. One of the chairs has been signed and dated in the stitching ‘Alice 1937’.

The lucky bidders will also find a collection of first edition children's books, including A.A Milne's Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh corner. There is also a doll's house from the late 20th century, which could fetch £600

The lucky bidders will also find a collection of first edition children’s books, including A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh corner. There is also a doll’s house from the late 20th century, which could fetch £600

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