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Signed Royal cards fetch 5,500
A collection of Christmas cards signed by the Royal Family has sold for 5,500 at an auction house in Dorset.

The collection included 13 cards signed by the Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales, the Queen Mother, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The cards, which were sent to the King and Queen of Greece in the late 1970s and early 1980s, were sold at Cottees auction house in Wareham last week.

An anonymous telephone bidder from London bought 12 of the cards.

A Dorset collector picked up the remaining one, which had been signed by the Queen Mother in 1979, for 460.

However, it was two cards signed by Diana and Charles which attracted the most attention and sold for a total 1,595.

'Diana enigma'

The entire collection fetched 5,500, including the buyer's premium.

Auctioneer John Condie said it was a packed auction room and added: "I don't know what it is. There is still that Diana enigma.

"People do still seem to be fascinated by her.

"I was hoping in the region of 100 per card but they far exceeded that."

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