A 40-year-old bun thrown during national celebrations to mark Prince Charles’ wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 is coming up for auction.
The out-of-date cake has been preserved thanks to a coat of varnish and bears the label ‘Abingdon Bun Throwing 29th July, 1981 Wedding of Prince Wales’.
It’s due to be sold at auction by Hanson Holloway’s Ross in Banbury, Oxfordshire, and comes with a modest estimate of £10-£20.
Jasper Marsh, valuer and auctioneer at the Banbury saleroom, said: “It’s certainly a bit of an auction oddity but there could be a bun fight to buy it. It’s come to us from a house clearance so we’re not sure who originally owned it.
“However, it’s likely it belonged to someone connected to Abingdon-on-Thames’ famous Bun Throwing event, a 400-year-old tradition forged in the Oxfordshire town. The event is a cross between a ceremony and a bun fight so this cake did well to survive at all.
“Bun Throwing events only take place when the Town Council votes to hold one. It has to be a very special occasion and is usually connected to royal milestones. Records show there was a Bun Throwing ceremony on 29 July 1981 to mark the royal wedding, so we know our bun is genuine.”
During the event, councillors in ceremonial robes climb to the top of the County Hall and throw around 4,000 currant buns down at the Oxfordshire crowds filling the marketplace below.
The buns are specially baked for the occasion, feature a crown design on top and are often fought for and preserved by families and visitors.
The 1981 bun, lot 303, is due to be sold on 5 July in an Antiques and Collectors Auction at Hanson Holloway’s Ross, Banbury, Oxfordshire.