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Last Updated: Friday, 18 August 2006, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Sky-high prices at Royal sell off
Pink wardrobe
The pink fabric-covered wardrobe went for 1,050
Hundreds of items from the former home of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were auctioned on Friday.

Bargain hunters were disappointed at the sale in Cirencester as competition sent prices soaring.

Bidding for items with a royal connection started at just 2, but many items exceeded their estimated value as a result of bids from across the world.

A pink fabric-covered wardrobe which was expected to fetch no more than 20 went for 1,050 to a telephone bidder.

Exercise bike

An acoustic guitar in a faux crocodile skin case, expected to reach 60, was sold for 320.

The prince and princess sold Nether Lypiatt Manor, their Cotswold mansion near Stroud, in April and decided to sell many of the items from the eight-bedroom house.

The sale took place at Moore, Allen and Innocent's nearby salesrooms.

Other items included an exercise bike and a step machine, although many of the couple's more exclusive items were being held back for specialist sales.

Principal auctioneer and valuer Philip Allwood said: "We have had people e-mailing bids from places including the USA, Cyprus, Scandinavia and Australia this morning."

TV antiques expert David Dickinson said he was "astounded" by the prices being fetched.

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