Royal Collectibles

Royal collectibles: Scarcity and scandal

By Shelley Emling
International Herald Tribune
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2005

“Sales of royal memorabilia in Britain approach $20 billion a year, according to some estimates.

‘What makes pieces valuable is rarity, condition, and sometimes, brand name,’ said Jim Cotton, a collector in Connecticut and an expert on royal collectibles.

…Older Victoria items are the royal-collectibles equivalent of a sure thing. Surrey said a coronation mug from 1837 in good condition could go for nearly $1,000.”

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