Charles and Diana wedding cake sells for 1,000 pounds

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The 27-year-old slice was bought by an anonymous buyer on a telephone bid even though only the marzipan and icing remain.

It was originally given to Moyra Smith, a member of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House, who preserved the topping in cling film and kept it in a metal tin.

The nine-inch square piece of icing and marzipan weighs 28 ounces, bears the royal coat-of-arms and is coloured in gold, silver, red and blue.

It was sold by Dominic Winter Book Auctions based in South Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, after Mrs Smith's husband Douglas brought in a number of royal items.

Auctioneer Nathan Winter said: "To my knowledge this is the highest price for any slice of the cake sold at auction."

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