A British auction firm is offering people all over the world the chance to own a piece of priceless history from King Charles’ Coronation.
Six pairs of royal blue chairs, which were used to seat members of the Royal Family as well as dignitaries in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, when King Charles was crowned, will be auctioned off in October.
However, it will not be revealed who sat in each seat to keep chair pricing consistent – and to avoid bidding wars.
The auction will earn money for four charities chosen by the King and Queen.
The revenues of the sale will be donated to SafeLives, The Prince’s Trust, The Prince’s Foundation, and Emmaus UK, a homelessness charity, according to King Charles and Queen Camilla.
Royal fans can also see the chairs displaying the King and Queen’s royal ciphers in person in London from October 24 to 30, 2023, as part of an exhibition.
The cipher comprises the monarch’s first name, Charles, and title, Rex, which is Latin for King, as well as his regnal number in Roman numerals, all beneath a representation of the Crown.
“The market will decide the final price when the winning bid is placed on each pair,” a Christie’s auction house spokeswoman said. We expect global interest. This is a very exciting opportunity for people around the world.”
In London, the seats are projected to cost between £2,000 and £4,000.
Previously, coronation chairs were privately sold to raise funds for the Coronation.
Attendees at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 were permitted to purchase their seats as part of royal custom. Christie’s auction house sold a pair of these coronation chairs for £7,500 in 2012.
The coronation chairs for King Charles III’s Coronation were manufactured from sustainably sourced British wood and designed and created by Rugby-based cabinetmaker NEJ Stevenson in partnership with The Snowdon School of Furniture. A total of 100 Coronation chairs were manufactured from responsibly harvested British oak.
Following the Collector auction, Christie’s will offer additional chairs from the event in a private sale benefiting the same organizations.