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Eppli auction house sells handwritten letter from Queen Elizabeth II for 8,300 euros

At the Historika auction on November 26, 2022, a very special and exclusive piece of correspondence changed hands for 8,300 euros: a handwritten, two-page letter from Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 1966. The addressee was Etti Plesch, née Maria Anna Paula Ferdinandine Countess von Wurmbrand-Stuppach, with whom the Queen shared a passion for equestrian sports and horses. The letter was highly coveted at the auction - in the end, the sensational winning bid went to a bidder from another European country.

Rare objects from the British royal family

On the afternoon of November 26, an auction of the Stuttgart-based family business Eppli took place in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, south of Stuttgart. In the Historika section, a handwritten letter from Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) was auctioned off alongside other outstanding objects on the theme of "British royalty". The lot started at a price of 2,600 euros including buyer's premium. An exciting bidding battle ensued between two bidders via the live bidding function and on the telephone until the hammer finally fell at 8,300 euros.

Sebastian Pumpmeier - historical expert

Ferdinand Benedict Eppli - CEO and auctioneer

Letter from majestic forge

Since there are usually no autographs of the royal family, this letter dated December 31, 1966, in the format in the format of approximately 19 x 12 centimeters with envelope is a unique specimen. Written entirely by the Queen's own hand and signed "Elizabeth R" (Elizabeth Regina), it was addressed to a luxury hotel in London, where the recipient was staying at the time. the recipient was staying at the time: "Mrs. Arpad Plesch, Claridge's, Brook Street, W1. In addition to the writer, the addressee is also an interesting character: the Austro-Hungarian Maria Anna Paula Ferdinandine Plesch, née Countess von Wurmbrand-Stuppach, also known as "Marietta" or "Etti" (1914-2003). The passionate horsewoman was married to the Hungarian financier and banker Arpad Plesch. and won the most important races in Europe with their horses, including the most prestigious race in England. including the most prestigious race in England, the Epsom Derby. Etti Plesch's love of horses and equestrian sports was closely connected with the Queen.

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