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.”