A slice of the wedding cake from the royal wedding more than 40 years ago has gone under the hammer for more than $2,000 following bidding frenzy in an auction.

AceShowbiz -A slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s wedding cake has sold for $2,565 (£1,850) at auction, more than 40 years after the royal couple tied the knot.

After frenzied bidding, the collectible treat went under the hammer on Wednesday (11Aug21) to buyer Gerry Layton for well over its estimated price guide, which ranged from $414 (£300) to $690 (£500).

Layton, who described himself as a monarchist, will add the piece to his collection of royal souvenirs, the Huffington Post reports.

“I thought I would like to add it to my estate, which will be going to charity after my death,” he said. “I also thought that I could put it up as a raffle prize with some of the money going to (homeless charity) Centrepoint, which Princess Di was patron of (sic).”

He joked, “I will have to think of a way to stop myself from trying to eat it though.”

Chris Albury, of Dominic Winter Auctioneers, was “amazed” at the number of bidders who were interested, with potential buyers based in the U.K., U.S., and the Middle East.

The large piece of cake features a detailed, sugared design of the royal coat of arms in gold, red, blue and silver. It was given to Moya Smith, a royal staffer, who preserved it with cling film.

Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on 29 July 1981.

The newlyweds had commissioned more than 20 cakes for the big day.

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