Pastry thrown on Charles and Diana’s wedding day auctioneered 40 years later

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The bun was a part of the 400 year-old tradition in an Oxfordshire town – Abingdon-on-Thames’ famous Bun Throwing event. And it was thrown on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding day to celebrate the Royal newlyweds.

The bun, preserved in a coat of varnish, bears the label: “Abingdon Bun Throwing July 29, 1981 Wedding of Prince of Wales.”

It was sold by Hanson Holloway’s Ross in Banbury, Oxfordshire for £15. It has been expected to sell for £10-20.

A mystery bidder bought the bun and it is unclear who owned it before the auction.

Jasper Marsh, valuer and auctioneer at the Banbury salesroom, acknowledges the strange story but says that it is common for people to preserve buns from the event.

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“It’s certainly a bit of an auction oddity but there could be a bun fight to buy it,” he said.

“It’s come to us from a house clearance so we’re not sure who originally owned it.”

During the event in 1981, councillors donned ceremonial robes and climbed to the top of the County Hall in Oxfordshire and threw around 4,000 buns onto the crowds below.

“Bun Throwing events only take place when the Town Council votes to hold one,” Mr Marsh said.

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“It has to be a very special occasion and is usually connected to royal milestones.

“Records show there was a Bun Throwing ceremony on July 29, 1981 to mark the royal wedding, so we know our bun is genuine.”

The buns are specifically baked for the bizarre tradition and are often fought for and preserved by families and visitors.

“The event is a cross between a ceremony and a bun fight so this cake did well to survive at all,” Mr Marsh said.

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