By Brelaun Douglas
A letter signed by a 4-year-old Queen Elizabeth II is estimated to sale for over $15,000 at auction.
The rare letter with the future queen signing her name as “Lilibet” will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction.
Dictated by the future queen while she was a princess to her mother Queen Elizabeth, the letter is addressed to Dr. George Frederic Still, a pediatrician who was granted physician to the royal household and Knight Commander of the Victorian Order by King George VI.
“Dear Doctor Still, I loved my dolly that had a sqeak [sic] in her tummy. Thank you for my lovely dolly, and we laughed at the squeak so much. Did you have a nice Xmas,” it reads.
“A dictated letter,” the then-queen adds at the bottom of the letter.
The two-page note, written in pencil on Royal Sandringham, Norfolk letterhead and dated December 26, 1930, will go under the hammer on May 11.
“Undoubtedly the earliest signature of Elizabeth II that we have seen or offered,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
A baseball signed by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also for sale.
The ball was estimated to sell for $15,000 but had already surpassed that with a bid of over $17,000 at the time of writing.
The ball was owned by American songwriter Randy Kaplan. It was one of over 500 valuable balls in his personal collection, all signed by world leaders and heads of state.
He plans to donate a portion of his proceeds to Ukrainian support efforts via Americares.
RR Auction will contribute all of its proceeds from the baseball (buyer's premium and seller's commission) to the same support effort.
For more information, visit rrauction.com.
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