Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Diana dresses go to auction "AGAIN"

The now famous Diana Dresses have been to auction "AGAIN".

The same dresses "supposedly" sold in Canada at Waddington's.


To read more on the "SAGA" of the Diana dresses and Maureen Rorech


The first number is the Lot number at today's Kerry Taylor auction followed by the original Lot number from Christie's. If you do not have a Diana dress auction catalog from Christie's, you can visit the Diana Dresses at:

 Today's hammer prices

Lot 1 Lot 15 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £20,000 ($30,000)
Lot 2 Lot 7 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £40,000 ($60,000)
Lot 3 Lot 63 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £42,000 ($63,000)
Lot 4 Lot 50 at Christies Kerry Taylor £70,000 ($105,000)
Lot 5 Lot 37 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £42,000 ($63,000)
Lot 6 Lot 65 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £65,000 ($97,500)
Lot 7 Lot 66 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £90,000 ($145,000)
Lot 8 Lot 74 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £90,000 ($145,000)
Lot 9 Lot 19 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £55,000 ($82,500)
Lot 10 Lot 79 at Christie's Kerry Taylor £200,000 ($300,000) 

 Prices from the Waddington's sale "that didn't happen"

Lot 1 Lot 15 at Christie's Waddington's $140,000
Lot 2 Lot 7 at Christie's Waddington's $110,000
Lot 3 Lot 63 at Christie's Waddington's $210,000
Lot 4 Lot 50 at Christies Waddington's $130,000
Lot 5 Lot 37 at Christie's Waddington's $160,000
Lot 6 Lot 65 at Christie's Waddington's $180,000
Lot 7 Lot 66 at Christie's Waddington's $210,000
Lot 8 Lot 74 at Christie's Waddington's $140,000
Lot 9 Lot 19 at Christie's Waddington's $340,000
Lot 10 Lot 79 at Christie's Waddington's $800,000

Original 1997 Christie's hammer prices plus 20% buyers premium

Lot 1 Lot 15 at Christie's $ 28,000, $ 32,200
Lot 2 Lot 7 at Christie's $ 36,000, $ 41,400
Lot 3 Lot 63 at Christie's $ 21,000, $ 24,150
Lot 4 Lot 50 at Christies $ 21,000, $ 24,150
Lot 5 Lot 37 at Christie's $ 32,000, $ 36,800
Lot 6 Lot 65 at Christie's $ 23,000, $ 26,450
Lot 7 Lot 66 at Christie's $ 50,000, $ 57,500
Lot 8 Lot 74 at Christie's $ 23,000, $ 26,450
Lot 9 Lot 19 at Christie's $ 54,000, $ 61,900
Lot 10 Lot 79 at Christie's $ 200,000, $ 222,500

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New York Times 05/31/2012

One Word: Diana!

Alicia Carroll
Alicia Carroll is the owner of Everything Royal, a dealer specializing in English and Russian royal family commemoratives and memorabilia.

May 31, 2012

Why is the British royal family the most famous family in the world and admired by so many in the United States? The answer: Princess Diana.
Associated Press Diana, Princess of Wales, in a portrait taken by Lord Snowdon in 1982.
Princess Diana, 15 years after her death, is still one of the most famous people of all time. Before she came on the scene in 1980, very few people in the U.S. paid attention to the royals or could tell you the name of the queen of England. Diana changed all that.

Here in the U.S., our celebrities -- entertainers, actors, athletes, musicians, even politicians -- leave much to be desired. Meanwhile, millions of people go to England every year for one reason: they want to see The Queen and Buckingham Palace. By contrast, millions come to the U.S. every year, but, it's not to see the White House or our president. They come to see Mickey Mouse.

Princess Diana was a breath of fresh air. She married her prince and moved into a castle. And even though she didn't live happily ever after, she touched people with her support for numerous worthy charities and with her very human flaws and vulnerabilities.

Even Queen Elizabeth was amazed at the attention Diana brought to the royal family.

With the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the monarchy has a new generation of royal watchers. Hopefully, they will not disappoint us.

On this, the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's reign, I say: Long live the queen!

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The King's Speech

I am thrilled The King's Speech, the life of King George VI won the ACADEMY AWARD. I am bored with two hundred million dollar  movies with outlandish plots, special effects, sex, gore, etc. Here is an original film (not another remake) which captured the hearts of everyone. Congratulations to Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Security Alert as royal wedding invitation is offered for 2000 pounds

Danny Fournier

Security Alert as invitation is offered for 2000 pounds
By Caroline Graham and Jo Marfarlane
Sunday March 28, 2011

The Royal Wedding is at the center of a security alert after blank invitations to the event were offered for sale.

One of the invitations was sold to a Mail On Sunday journalist by a man claiming to work for Barnard & Westwood, the firm which printed it.

Danny Fournier 28, from South London, demanded 2000 pounds for the card and boasted he could get several others ahead of the April 29 wedding.

The Mail on Sunday launched an investigation after Mr.Fournier rang Los Angeles-based Royal memorabilia dealer Alicia Carroll on Tuesday offering her the invitation.

Ms. Carroll   said she did not consider buying it and contacted The Mail On Sunday. An undercover journalist met Mr. Fournier in Central London on Wednesday.

He has an invitation almost identical to the one shown to the media earlier this month, apart from the absence of two dotted lines where the names of guests were written by hand. Mr. Fournier explained the difference by claiming that only the first 300 cards - for close friends and family of William and Kate- had been printed with the lines.

Barnard & Westwood is a family-run printing company which has held a Royal warrant since 1986. It moved to its current premises in Farrington, central London in August last year. Until then, it had shared its factory with another firm, The Wren Press, in Chelsae. It is understood Mr. Fournier works for The Wren Press.

Mr. Fournier sent a text message to a reporter on Friday claiming ha had been sacked following inquiries by this newspaper.

Last night, after  The Mail on Sunday  showed staff at Barnard & Westwood the invitation and a photograph of Mr. Fournier, managing director Austen Kopley said: "I cannot confirm that any of the printed items you brought to my office were printed by Barnard & Westwood.  The person in the picture does not work for Barnard & Westwood and has never been an employee. 

"If after further investigation I find that we have printed these documents, I will conduct a full internal inquiry."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed Barnard & Westwood had printed the wedding invitations.

A spokesperson for The Wren Press declined to comment.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Black market invites to royal wedding

Last updated 07:52 28/02/2011
A copy of the invitation to the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
IN THE MAIL: A copy of the invitation to the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

 Blank invitations to the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton available on the black market have sparked security concerns ahead of the April 29 ceremony.

A man claiming to work for the printing firm which produced the genuine invitations offered a journalist a blank copy, demanding STG2000 ($NZ4193.41) and adding that he could supply several more.

A reporter for the London newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, met the man last week and was shown an invitation almost identical to the genuine document which went on show for the media when the invitations were sent, more than a week ago.

The only difference between the genuine and fake invitation is that the black market version is missing two dotted lines where the names of guests are written by hand.

When shown a photo of the man, a spokesman for printing firm Barnard and Westwood - confirmed by the palace as producers of the genuine invitation - said he was not employed by the company.
"If, after further investigation, I find that we have printed these documents, I will conduct a full internal inquiry," the spokesman said.

News of the blank invitation came to light after the man tried to sell a copy to a Los Angeles-based royal memorabilia dealer, who contacted The Mail.
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BLANK invitations to the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton available on the black market have sparked security concerns ahead of the April 29 ceremony.

Alicia Carroll owner of  Everything Royal, a Los Angeles based commemorative company. contacted Caroline Graham from The Mail On Sunday in the UK after receiving a call from a man named Danny Fournier who claimed to be employed by Barnard and Westwood, printers to the royal family.

The Fournier  claimed to have been employed by the company for the past 11 years. Fournier was offering Miss Carroll a blank wedding invitation for 2000 pounds. In his conversation with Carroll, he stated since security surrounding the royal wedding was so secure in the UK, a friend had suggested he contact her.

Miss Carroll's immediate  thought was of the threat to security for the royal wedding with blank invitations being sold. She was also concerned since Fournier stated he could get anything printed in the future including the order of service and ceremonial program for the wedding. Fournier also stated he could obtain another invitations.

Fournier said he had binders of things he could sell.

Danny Fournier

Thinking Mr. Fournier had been employed by the company for the past 11 years and had access to all manner of invitations including those to Her Majesty's garden parties possibly allowing someone entrance to harm the Queen Miss Carroll called Caroline Graham .

Carroll was afraid he  would offer the invitation to another party.  Miss Carroll  was contacted by Jo Macfarlane, a correspondent for the Mail on Sunday. Miss Macfarlane set up a meeting with Danny Fournier and purchased the invitation for 200 pounds posing as a friend of  Miss Carroll's. Included with the blank invitation were several  other invitations to past events showing he had been pilfering for quite some time.

After further investigation by Jo Macfarlane, Carroll was told Fournierworked for another company who, in the past had done  business with Barnard and Westwood.

The Mr. Fournier  had called Carroll the same day he sold the  blank invitation to Macfarlane leaving a message he was concerned as he and a friend had been sacked by the company. It was later discovered he hadn't returned to work at the other company for the past few days claiming illness.

Miss Carroll's original thought was to contact the Palace, but having done so in the past,  knew it would be useless, as the palace has a way of dismissing situations with a wave of the hand. Stated Miss Carroll, One would think, after the Security Fiasco at William's 21st Birthday Party, The Royals would be much more Security Minded...

Miss Carroll's  was concerned for the safety  and security surrounding the upcoming wedding.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

An Evening With the Royals

An Evening with the Royals

Thursday March 31 at 8 pm on CBC TV
 Join CBC for “An Evening with the Royals” as we take a look at the media and marketing frenzy surrounding the royal family, especially with the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Marketing the Monarchy (at 8 pm on CBC-TV) – Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming wedding has sparked a worldwide marketing frenzy. The pending nuptials are expected to flood the economy with over a billion dollars of merchandise - a sales bonanza not seen since the wedding of Charles and Diana.  And it's not just the Brits; monarchy fans all over the globe are opening their wallets for a piece of history from $10 plates to $5,000 paperweights.

 At factories across England, manufacturers  are spinning out their porcelain cups, mugs, and plates at breakneck speed. Five thousand miles away in Yiwu, China, jewellery dealer Fu Xuxian began making replicas of the engagement ring just days after the announcement. And souvenir shops across London are trying to keep up with the consumer demand for anything and everything William and Kate.
Caroline Davenport in her Diana room

This documentary takes viewers into the lucrative world of marketing the royals.  We'll meet top royal memorabilia broker Alicia Carroll, who is the first stop for serious collectors. Carroll, who lives in Beverly Hills, possesses - and has sold - some of the rarest and most sought after items on the market ranging from Princess Diana's personal address book to the love letters Prince Charles wrote to his former Canadian lover. As a big-time dealer, she has moved millions of dollars in royal merchandise.
Everything Royal owner, Alicia Carroll

Making money off memorabilia is one thing, but the crown jewel of marketing comes in the form of a Royal Warrant. Royal Warrant holders carry the official seal of approval from the Queen herself.  From Hunter boots to Burberry to Twinings Tea to Kimberly Clark toilet paper, these companies are cashing in on the cache of belonging to an exclusive court of brands. Membership is an arduous and complicated process and can be revoked. At any time.
But the power of the Palace doesn't stop there.  It extends its dominion further to determine what wares are allowed to bear their royal image. Plates, carpets, and cushions are permitted.  Tea towels? Not so much. When it was the discovered that the Palace was attempting a ban on Kate and William tea towels, Brits were outraged, placing this unassuming household item in the centre of a battle royale.

Marketing the Monarchy  is a whirlwind journey through time that maps the growing fascination with all things majestic. Even in the Middle Ages, memorabilia such as medallions, ceramics and tapestries were best-sellers at royal events. In 1649 a unique (and rather macabre) souvenir unfolded from the execution of Charles 1st: eager collectors dipped their handkerchiefs in the king's blood. Royal fans looking for something with a bit more material could always snap up a (very large) pair of Queen Victoria's bloomers, which recently sold for over $7500 USD.

Join us  as we take you through the fascinating world of retailing the royals. Savvy marketers, discriminating collectors, and a big dose of palace intrigue will guarantee that you see "the wedding of the century" in a whole new light.

The British Royal family has always had a love/hate relationship with the media. From Edward VIII’s abdication from the throne in 1936 to marry an American divorcee, the very public and controversial divorce between Prince Charles and Princess Diana and in more recent times, Fergie, Duchess of York caught on tape by a tabloid promising business access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew in exchange for money.
For paparazzi, the chase is on to capture unauthorized revealing photos or text messages by any means necessary. These spark bidding wars among the tabloids and the payouts are enormous.

Princess Diana was notably the most sought after Royal. She has graced the cover of countless magazines…did you know Lady Di has appeared on the cover of People magazine 57 times? However, her untimely death while being chased by paparazzi in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris brought heightened public awareness to the dangers associated with aggressive paparazzi.
Constant media scrutiny and tabloid stories have raised the ire of many, including Prince William. On the heels of their engagement announcement, Prince William is said to be observing a ‘zero tolerance’ policy toward paparazzi and intends to counteract any extreme cases of privacy invasion with legal action.
Throughout their courtship, Kate Middleton has expressed frustration with the harassment she endured from photographers. At one time, she appealed to the Press Complaints Commission when photographers would camp outside of her home in London.  In 2010, Kate was awarded $8,000 (Can.) £5,000 for breach of privacy when photos surfaced of her playing tennis during a Christmas holiday.

Chasing the Royals explores the Monarchy’s constant battle for the right to privacy against the paparazzi’s dogged pursuit to expose their personal exploits. What will the future hold for the next generation of Royals as they attempt to maintain ‘normalcy’ while living in the public eye.