Two side Russian Imperial plates sell for £5,600 at a UK auction
Two side plates owned by the Russian Royal Family were sold for more than 100 times their listed price at an auction in Pewsey.
In the catalogue for the auction at Jubilee Auction House last Wednesday, the price set for the plates was between £30-£45 but they sold for a massive £5,600.
The two plates are from the Imperial Palace in Russia and were part of a dinner service made between 1880 and 1902.
On the back of one of the plates there is a cipher for Alexander III and on the other there is the symbol for Nicolas II, who was the last the last tsar of Russia.
Auctioneer David Harrison said: “It’s the sort of thing we don’t usually find in the middle of the countryside. Where they have come from and how they have come out of Russia to Pewsey God only knows, but they are in amazing condition.”
A private vendor brought the plates into the auction believing they were not worth very much.
Mr Harrison said: “It wasn’t until we started doing a bit of research that we worked out what they were and notified quite a lot of people that we had them.”
The asking price for the plates started at £1,000 and after a tense bidding war they were sold to a buyer from New York and are believed to be going to a Russian museum.
© Wilshire Gazette and Herald. 30 March, 2013