To celebrate King Charles, Sotheby's are holding 'The Coronation Sale' featuring historic objects

'The Declaration of Breda' could fetch beyond £600,000 at Sotheby's The Coronation Sale. King Charles photograph by Getty. 'The Declaration of Breda' photograph, courtesy of Sotheby's. 'The Declaration of Breda' could fetch beyond £600,000 at Sotheby's The Coronation Sale. King Charles photograph by Getty. 'The Declaration of Breda' photograph, courtesy of Sotheby's.
'The Declaration of Breda' could fetch beyond £600,000 at Sotheby's The Coronation Sale. King Charles photograph by Getty. 'The Declaration of Breda' photograph, courtesy of Sotheby's. | getty
Bidding for Sotheby's 'The Coronation Sale' starts later this month

There is a month to go until King Charles’scoronation on May 6, so it is no wonder Sotheby's have decided to put together a sale, entitled ‘The Coronation Sale.’ According to the auction house, they are offering a manuscript for sale, Charles II’s “The Declaration of Breda” which they say is “the most important royal document ever to come to auction,” which is quite some statement to make.

The estimate for the manuscript, which is to be offered as part of ‘The Coronation Sale’ and featured in Samuel Pepys’ Diaries, is £400,000-600,000.

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Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s Manuscripts specialist revealed the following about the manuscript: “Alongside the Magna Carta, The Bill of Rights and The Act of Settlement, this is one of a small number of transformational royal documents that have changed royal power forever, and as such it is the most important of its kind to ever appear for public sale.

It is through this Declaration that in 1660 the monarchy was re-established on freshly agreed terms, setting the monarchy on a path that leads to the constitutional monarchy that we know 350 years later as Charles III ascends the throne.”

If you are interested in seeing ‘The Declaration of Breda’ yourself, it will be on display in their London Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries alongside other ‘Coronation Sale’  highlights from 21 April – 4 May. 

It will be interesting to see who will bid the highest to secure ‘The Declaration of Breda,’ and whether it will exceed £600,000. Perhaps it will even reach over the one million mark? Watch this space.

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A Victor Edelstein dress that belonged to the late Princess Diana recently sold in a Sotheby's auction for nearly half a million pounds and a collection of personal letters belonging to her recently sold for £145,000. They had been privately owned for 25 years by her friends, Susie and Tarek Kassem.

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