The sale of items from the legendary late collector set new participation records for a Sotheby’s UK auction.
Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the longest reigning British monarch.
Victoria was the only child of Edward, Duke of Kent and Victoria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg. She became queen at the age of 18, succeeding her uncle, William IV in 1837.
In 1840, Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and together they had nine children.
Albert died in 1861 and Victoria spent the rest of her life mourning him.1
In 1877, Victoria became the empress of India. Her Empire also included Canada, Australia, New Zealand and much of Africa.
Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
She died on 22 January 1901 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.
On December 3 2003, an autograph letter from Queen Victoria to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was sold at a Christie’s auction in London. The letter sold for £9,560.
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