Ceramic goat by King Charles fetches a hefty sum

Henry

A small ceramic goat, apparently created years ago by King Charles III of Britain, was auctioned for £8 500 (about R205 000).

The figurine of the goat has been cherished as a valuable possession by Raymond Patten (76) from British Columbia in Canada for the past 55 years.

The pottery was auctioned off in Staffordshire, England, on Tuesday. Patten traveled from Canada to England to hand over the kid to Hansons Auctioneers, the auctioneers handling the auction.

In June 1969, Patten received the kid as a 21st birthday present from his aunt, Helen Patten, who worked as a cook at Cambridge University.

“I believe she knew the (future) king on a personal level. I have cherished the kid all my life,” says Patten to the BBC.

“My aunt told me that a young Prince Charles made the kid. She was proud of the fact that he studied at Cambridge in the late sixties, when she was a cook for the president of Queen’s College.”

Helen died in Cheshire in 1993 aged 87 and lived in Cambridge. She was never married.

“She was honored to serve members of the royal family. She even prepared a meal for Queen Elizabeth I.”

Prince Charles was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1967 and in 1970 became the first British royal heir to the throne to obtain a university degree.

According to Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers, Patten decided to part ways with the kid because of its historical significance.

The kid was purchased by an American buyer.

“People all over the world are fascinated by the British royal family, and the opportunity to own a unique item created by King Charles attracted great interest,” says Hanson.

“Although he is a keen artist, he is better known for his paintings, so this opportunity is rare. I am delighted that we were able to deliver a good result for our client.

“Raymond is in his retirement years and wanted to find a new home for the kid where it will be cherished for decades to come.”

Additional sources: BBC, Hansonsauctionhouse.co.uk