More than 34 years after their lavish nuptials, a slice of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding cake has fetched almost $2,000 at auction. Los Angeles auctioneers Nate D. Sanders found the highest bidder for the cream cheese-frosted fruitcake on Thursday (Dec. 17).
The cake was made by David Avery, head baker of the Naval Armed Forces, and carries the message: "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses The Prince & Princess of Wales."
Despite being over 34-years-old, the cake is still edible after being preserved by its high level of alcohol, and has been kept wrapped up in a box since the wedding on 29 July 1981.
Bidding started at $1,100 and it was previously predicted that the cake could sell for as much as £2,600 ($4,000) as collectors battled to get their hands on a slice of royal history.
"The wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles captured the attention of the world on television and through many newspapers and magazines," auctioneer Sam Heller said. "And even today, people just cannot get enough of the late Princess.
"Alcohol has preserved the cake making it still edible, although collectors would rather it remain intact. Collectors are willing to pay a premium to own a piece of history from the most famous wedding of the 20th century."
The cake is not the only piece of memorabilia from the royal wedding to be sold at auction in 2015. In September a unique selection of 12 never-before-seen photos sold for over $12,000. The images were never released to the public and were discarded from the official wedding album presented to Charles and Diana.