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A SIGNED photograph of The Prince and Princess of Wales taken in Scotland during their honeymoon is being auctioned to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The auction is being held at a charity ball in the London Marriott Hotel, in Grosvenor Square, on June 9. The event is being organised by Milton Keynes businesswoman Andrea Aston, whose mother-in-law died from breast cancer, aged only 56.

The well-known photograph of the couple taken on the Royal Estate at Balmoral just days after their marriage was given up for auction by a private collector. The piece originally came from a member of the Royal Household who wished to remain anonymous and was purchased by the collector from a leading dealer in royal autographs in America.

It is believed to be rare because the photograph itself was signed “Lots of Love, Diana” by the late Princess of Wales. Some experts believe it could fetch over £3,000 at auction.

Mrs Aston said: “I am told she rarely signed photographs and there are believed to be only a few signed photographs from the early days of her marriage to Prince Charles.

“The photograph has a Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity and carries a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). A recognised tracking system ensures sellers know exactly where the piece came from.”

Mrs Aston said members of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club in America had also checked that the piece was genuine.

Other items being auctioned at the ball include an old Manchester United replica football shirt signed by footballer George Best in May 2005 in the Fullham office of his agent Phil Hughes. The starting price is £1600.

High bids are also expected for a collection edition of a 22-Carat Gold Disk from the Rat Pack’s famous album “Live at the Sands.” The disk is the second out of only 250 cut world-wide, which are all individually numbered.

Memorabilia signed by Rat Pack members, Frank Sinatra, Sammy David Jr, Dean Martin are also expected to raise several thousand pounds.

All the profits from the event are going to Cancer Research UK towards breast cancer research.

Mrs Aston, managing director of the Milton Keynes based corporate event management company, Aston Promotions Ltd, who is organising the ball and auction said: “Breast cancer is very close to our hearts as my husband lost his mother to that dreadful disease in November 2005.

“She had only just retired and was in the prime of her life. She was an avid golfer and loved life. She was just 56 years old. My husband and I decided to try to do something to help other people who might stand a chance of surviving breast cancer.

“When you lose someone close to you who had everything to live for, it brings it home to you that life is just too short. We want to give up some of our time to hopefully raise lots of money for Cancer Research UK for research into breast cancer.

“We hope that more lives - especially young lives - can be saved.”

Elizabeth Melvin, the Cancer Research UK Area Volunteer Manager for Milton Keynes, said: "We welcome initiatives like the ball and auction which help to fund vital research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.

“We fund over 3000 scientists, doctors and nurses based in research institutes across the UK. Our aim is to beat cancer by raising funds for pioneering, world class research.”

To book a place at the ball call Andrea Aston on 01908 340027 or email


Notes to Editors:

About Cancer Research UK

1. Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.

2. Cancer Research UK carries out world-class research to improve understanding of the disease and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer.

3. Cancer Research UK ensures that its findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients.

4. Cancer Research UK helps people to understand cancer, the progress that is being made and the choices each person can make.

5. Cancer Research UK works in partnership with others to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against cancer.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 08701 602040 or visit

For media enquiries contact Helen Johnstone, Cancer Research UK Senior Press Officer on 07768 987 925

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